Rob Orr

Dr, LT, Lieutenant, Dr

  • Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast

    Australia

  • Tactical Research Unit, Health Sciences and Medicine 2 Promethean Way Bond Institute of Health and Sport Robina Queensland 4226

    Australia

Accepting PhD Students

  • 131 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
20102018
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Personal profile

Research interests

I have served in the Australian Army in a full time capacity for 23 years as an infantry soldier and Defence Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI, uniformed physiotherapist and Human Performance Officer). During this time my fields of research have included physical conditioning and injury prevention for military personnel, from the initial trainee to the elite warrior, with a key focus on combat load carriage. Serving as the Human Performance Officer for the Royal Military College and Special Operations units before joining the team at Bond University in 2012, I continue to serve in the Army Reserve as a Human Performance Officer and as a sessional presenter.

As co-lead of the Bond University Tactical Research Unit, my fields of research include the physical conditioning and injury prevention of tactical personnel from trainees to specialists. With a doctoral degree in tactical load carriage, my passion is researching the impacts of load carriage on tactical personnel.

I am currently the co-chair of Tactical Strength and Conditioning - Australia(TSACA), and am the section editor for the Australian Strength and Conditioning Journal and editor for the NSCA TSAC Report.

Still generally focussing on the tactical population, I am currently actively involved in research with the Australian and foreign defence forces, several police departments (both national and international), and firefighters. This research is focussed on optimising the conditioning and performance of tactical personnel while minimising injuries.

I am also investigating means of enhancing the lethality and mobility of tactical personnel required to carry loads, and the recovery pathways of personnel who have been wounded or injured.

Statement for HDR students

Potential students interested in, or who are currently working with, tactical populations (military, police and firefighters) may find some of the projects on offer to their liking.

Projects include the training and rehabilitation of recruits and serving personnel, optimising selection processes for specialist streams, improving rehabilitation of injured members for return to work and investigating the impact of load carriage on occupational task performances (like mobility and lethality).

Some current projects include:

  • Successful physiological attributes of a SWAT Officer
  • An FMS profile of Police officer recruits and qualified police officers
  • Profiling and comparing the physiological demands of NSW Police officers during OTJ tasks
  • Glock pistol accuracy in relation to grip size and strength
  • The role of physiotherapists in the reconditioning of injured police officers
  • Investigating the impact of a structure conditioning program on the physical performance of Police Officers
  • Profiling injuries in the Australian Army reserve
  • The impact of fighting a structural fire on firefighters' hydration statuses

 

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Queensland

Physiotherapy, Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, University of Queensland

External positions

Editor - TSAC Report, National Strength and Conditioning Association

1 Jan 2015 → …

Human Performance Officer, The Australian Army

29 Mar 1989 → …

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Research Output 2010 2018

A Comparison of Military and Law Enforcement Body Armour

Orr, R., Schram, B. & Pope, R., 14 Feb 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15, 2, 12 p., 339.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Law Enforcement
Police
Somatotypes
Volunteers
Population

Aerobic Endurance Is More Highly Related To Load Carriage Performance Than Strength And Power

Orr, R. M., Robinson, J., Irving, S. & Roberts, A., Jul 2018, p. 25. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Police
Occupations
Analysis of Variance
Body Weight

Aerobic Fitness Assessments In Deputy Sheriff Recruits: The 20-Meter Multistage Fitness Test And 1.5-Mile Run

Lockie, R. G., Orr, R. M., Dawes, J., Moreno, M. R., Cesario, K. A., Stierli, M. & Dulla, J., 2018, p. 58.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

Law Enforcement
Sex Characteristics
Sample Size
Direction compound

Aerobic Fitness is of Greater Importance than Strength and Power in the Load Carriage Performance of Specialist Police

Robinson, J., Roberts, A., Irving, S. & Orr, R., 2018, In : International Journal of Exercise Science. 11, 4, p. 987-998 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Police
Occupations
Lower Extremity
Analysis of Variance
Body Weight

Analysis of the Effects of Sex and Age on Upper- and Lower-Body Power for Law Enforcement Agency Recruits Before Academy Training

Lockie, R. G., Dawes, J. J., Orr, R. M., Stierli, M., Dulla, J. & Orjalo, A. J., Jul 2018, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 32, 7, p. 1968-1974 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Law Enforcement
Medicine
Resistance Training
Police
Analysis of Variance

Activities 2014 2018

  • 10 Peer-review
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
  • 1 Editorial Board Member

International Journal of Exercise Science (Journal)

Rob Orr (Reviewer)
May 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport (Journal)

Rob Orr (Reviewer)
May 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

Applied Ergonomics (Journal)

Rob Orr (Reviewer)
Apr 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

International Journal of Exercise Science (Journal)

Rob Orr (Reviewer)
Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

PLoS One (Journal)

Rob Orr (Reviewer)
Jan 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review