Sports Performance & Training Methodology: Animals vs Humans

Are you thinking about competing in a big race, e.g. a 10-miler or marathon, but are not looking forward to the months of gradually building up your fitness, pounding the streets mile after mile? Perhaps you should consider sitting on some water and eating a lot! That is what the Barnacle Goose does. “Until recently… Read More

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What are the Effects of 12 Weeks of Physical Training on Body Composition & Physical Fitness in Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title Effects of 12 Weeks of Physical Training on Body Composition and Physical Fitness in Military Recruits. Background The aim of this study was to analyse the morphological and functional changes in military recruits after twelve weeks of physical training. Methods The sample consisted of 130 volunteer recruits aged 18–19 years. Anthropometric variables… Read More

Increasing Physical Capacity: Soldiers & Gene Modification

Article Title The Real Captain America: Bioengineering the Super Soldiers of Tomorrow. Extract “With the rapidly advancing field of genomics and gene modification, the distinct possibility has arisen for applying these technologies to enhance a soldier’s physical capacity. Genetic modification or “’gene doping’, already banned from its possible future use in the Olympics, has many… Read More

Load Carriage & Extreme Environments

Research Paper Title Moving in Extreme Environments: Extreme Loading; Carriage versus Distance. Abstract This review addresses human capacity for movement in the context of extreme loading and with it the combined effects of metabolic, biomechanical and gravitational stress on the human body. This topic encompasses extreme duration, as occurs in ultra-endurance competitions (e.g. adventure racing… Read More

Is There Any Correlation between Physical Fitness Tests & Performance of Military Tasks?

Research Paper Title Correlations between Physical Fitness Tests & Performance of Military Tasks – A Systematic Review & Meta-Analyses. Purpose To help evaluate the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and ensure a future test is associated with Soldiers’ performance of common physical job requirements, the USAPHC applied a Systematic Review (SR) methodology to identify and synthesize published… Read More

Underestimation…

“Never underestimate a person willing to die for a cause.” Unknown There are a number of variations of this to suit a variety of contexts/situations: “Never underestimate your enemy but always make him underestimate you.” “Don’t underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak, and notice more than you realise.”… Read More

Can We Develop Physical Capability Standards that are Predictive of Success on SF Courses?

Research Paper Title Developing Physical Capability Standards that are Predictive of Success on Special Forces Selection Courses. Background This study aimed to develop minimum standards for physical capability assessments (vertical jump, sit and reach, push-ups, seven-stage sit-ups, heaves, agility, 20-m shuttle run, loaded 5-km pack march, and 400-m swim) that candidates must pass before they… Read More