Are there Gender Differences in Energy Expenditure During Walking With Backpack and Double-Pack Loads?

Research Paper Title Gender Differences in Energy Expenditure During Walking With Backpack and Double-Pack Loads. Background Studies have reported that energy expenditure during walking with double-pack loads is lower compared with backpack carriage. However, the effect of gender on energy expenditure while walking with these two load distribution systems has not been investigated. Therefore, the… Read More

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The Western Front Way

A pathway stretching more than 1,000 kilometres has been opened along the First World War’s Western Front. Known as The Western Front Way, the route starts on the Belgian coast and finishes on the Swiss border and is marked along the way by flowers of remembrance. The inspiration for the project stemmed from a letter… Read More

The Origin of 10,000 Steps

The 10,000 steps per day challenge – championed by the NHS, 10,000 Steps Australia, and Steptember – has its origins in a 1960’s marketing campaign in Japan. In the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, a company came up with a device which they started marketing to the health-conscious. It was called a Manpo-Kei, which… Read More

Encouraging Physical Activity: 10,000 Steps & Smartphones

Despite the overwhelmingly positive relationship between physical activity and health outcomes, research from the British Heart Foundation (BHF, 2017) shows that around 39% of UK adults are failing to meet Government recommendations for physical activity. This means that a staggering 20 million Britons do not make exercise an important part of their lifestyles. According to… Read More

Energy Expenditure & the Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA)

Research Paper Title Estimating Energy Expenditure during Level, Uphill, and Downhill Walking. Background The Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA) walking equation was developed from literature-aggregated group mean data to calculate standing and level walking energy expenditures in healthy, military-age adults. The LCDA walking equation has not been validated for use in individuals or graded walking.… Read More

Staying Fit & Healthy on the Job

Staying fit is a priority for many people. You may think that going to the gym a few times a week or even participating in a hardcore military fitness boot camp means that you have it all covered. However, that is not necessarily the case. We all spend 8+ hours a day on the job,… Read More

Can You Predict Ground Reaction Force from a Hip-Borne Accelerometer during Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Predicting Ground Reaction Force from a Hip-Borne Accelerometer during Load Carriage. Background Ground reaction forces (GRF) during load carriage differ from unloaded walking. Methods to quantify peak vertical GRF (pGRFvert) of Soldiers walking with loads outside of a laboratory are needed to study GRF during operationally relevant tasks. Therefore, the purpose of… Read More