Historical, Physiological, Biomechanical, and Medical Aspects of Soldier Load Carriage

Research Paper Title Soldier load carriage: historical, physiological, biomechanical, and medical aspects. Abstract This study reviews historical and biomedical aspects of soldier load carriage. Before the 18th century, foot soldiers seldom carried more than 15 kg while on the march, but loads have progressively risen since then. This load increase is presumably due to the… Read More

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What is the Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power & Agility in Tactical Occupations?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power and Agility in Tactical Occupations: A Critical Review. Background The current literature suggests that load carriage can impact on a tactical officer’s mobility, and that survival in the field may rely on the officer’s mobility. The ability for humans to generate power and… Read More

Will Carrying a Load Increase the Likelihood of Slip Initiation and the Slip Severity?

Research Paper Title Effect of load carrying on required coefficient of friction. Background A load carrying task was identified as a major factor leading to slip and fall injuries such as overexertion and bodily reaction. Holding a load in front of the body while walking would shift the whole body centre-of-mass to the front, loading… Read More

Gait Biomechanics: Energy Harvesting Assault Pack vs Standard Assault Pack

Research Paper Title Spatiotemporal and kinematic changes in gait while carrying an energy harvesting assault pack system. Background Soldiers are fielded with a variety of equipment including battery powered electronic devices. An energy harvesting assault pack (EHAP) was developed to provide a power source to recharge batteries and reduce the quantity and load of extra… Read More

Discerning the Interaction Between Ambient Temperature, Hypoxia, & Load Carriage on Respiratory Muscle Fatigue

Research Paper Title Interaction Between Ambient Temperature, Hypoxia, and Load Carriage on Respiratory Muscle Fatigue. Background While respiratory muscle fatigue is present following load carriage activity at sea level, the effect of environmental conditions on respiratory strength while undertaking load carriage is unknown. Methods The effect of thoracic load carriage during walks (5.5 km) in… Read More

Does 1.5 mile Run Time & Body Mass Predict 8 Mile Loaded March Performance?

Research Paper Title 1.5 mile run time and body mass predict 8 mile loaded march performance, irrespective of sex. Background To develop a statistical model to predict 8 mile Loaded March (LM) performance and quantify differences in physical characteristics for men and women British Army Personnel. Methods 135 trained soldiers (87 men; 48 women) completed… Read More