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Physiological variables and performance markers of serving soldiers from two “elite” units of the British Army.

Simpson, Richard J, Gray, Susan and Florida-James, Geraint (2006) Physiological variables and performance markers of serving soldiers from two “elite” units of the British Army. Journal of Sports Sciences, 24 (6). 597 -604. ISSN 1466-447X

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The aim of this study was to compare selected physiological variables and performance markers of soldiers from two “elite” units of the British Army. Ten soldiers from each of the two units were recruited for this study (n = 20). All participants completed three tests while carrying a 20 kg backpack load: (1) a maximal treadmill test using the Bruce protocol; (2) a 2 mile backpack run test specific to Unit A on a consistently flat tarmac road; and (3) a 29 km time-trial over hilly terrain typical of a mountainous area used by Unit B for performance assessment. Heart rate, maximal blood lactate concentration and performance (run time) were assessed during all three tests, with peak oxygen uptake also being measured during the maximal treadmill test. Measurements of anthropometry, isokinetic strength and mental toughness (MT48) were also recorded. There were no significant differences in terms of performance markers between the units (P > 0.05). Performance on the maximal treadmill test correlated with performance on the 2 mile backpack run test (r = -0.57) and 29 km time-trial (r = -0.66). Performance on the 2 mile backpack run test in turn correlated with 29 km time-trial performance (r = -0.77), accounting for 59% of the variance. In conclusion, the maximal treadmill test and the 2 mile backpack run test are useful indicators of performance on the arduous hill march and could be employed in the screening and selection of potential recruits.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1466-447X
Electronic ISSN: 0264-0414
Uncontrolled Keywords: Load carriage; Performance indicators; Military fitness tests; Mental toughness; Bruce protocol; Field study
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 612 Human physiology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 611 Human anatomy, cytology & histology
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Item ID: 1654
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2008 16:44
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2013 14:55
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/1654

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