Is It Smart to Use A Military-Style Backpack for Hiking?

Hiking requires a world-class backpack, but which style is the best? Is a traditional school backpack going to get the job done or will it leave you wanting more? This is where many hikers get stuck because they may not understand what is suitable for their particular needs. When deciding on a backpack to purchase,… Read More


Ruck/Load Marching & Risk Factors for ROTC Cadets

Research Paper Title The Effects of Military Style Ruck Marching on Lower Extremity Loading and Muscular, Physiological and Perceived Exertion in ROTC Cadets. Background Military ruck marching with load carriage increases ground reaction forces, which are related to bone stress injuries (BSI). This study’s purpose was to examine whether a ruck march increases impact loading… Read More

Load Carriage & Step Length: Short or Preferred?

Research Paper Title Effects of Load Carriage and Step Length Manipulation on Achilles Tendon and Knee Loads. Background Longer steps with load carriage is common in shorter Soldiers when matching pace with taller Soldiers whereas shorter steps are hypothesised to reduce risk of injury with load carriage. The effects of load carriage with and without… Read More

What is the Importance of Hip Musculature to Load Carriage Walking?

Research Paper Title Lower-limb joint work and power are modulated during load carriage based on load configuration and walking speed. Background Soldiers regularly transport loads weighing >20 kg at slow speeds for long durations. These tasks elicit high energetic costs through increased positive work generated by knee and ankle muscles, which may increase risk of muscular… Read More

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

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