• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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


Accepting PhD Students

  • 421 Citations
  • 11 h-Index

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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), a 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.

I serve as director of the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University, an international collaboration exclusively dedicated to research, education, and consultancy for tactical populations. With over 100 tactical publications in peer reviewed journals and 20 technical reports, I run training for military, law enforcement, and fire and rescue agencies across the globe, from Australian and the USA to Singapore and China.  I lead the TRU team to provide consultancy and educational services that have aided tactical populations set fitness standards, reduce injuries, improve rehabilitation, optimise mobility and lethality, and inform equipment purchases (e.g. load bearing vests, thigh holsters etc).  I currently serve on the International Physical Employment Standards Committee and as Chair of the organising committee for the 4th Physical Employment Standards Conference in 2021.

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).

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Queensland

Physiotherapy, Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, University of Queensland

Education, Bachelor of Further Education and Training

Exercise Physiology, Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Physical Training)

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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Injuries in Female Tactical Personnel

Schram, B. & Orr, R.


Project: Research

Research Output

2.4-km Run and 20-m Multistage Fitness Test Relationships in Law Enforcement Recruits After Academy Training

Lockie, R. G., Hernandez, J., Moreno, M. R., Dulla, J. J., Dawes, J. & Orr, R. M., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 34, 4, p. 942-945 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Ability of fitness testing to predict injury risk during initial tactical training: a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Tomes, C. D., Sawyer, S., Orr, R. & Schram, B., Feb 2020, In : Injury Prevention. 26, 1, p. 67-81 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 193 Downloads (Pure)

    A Detailed Analysis of Serious Personal Injuries Suffered by Full Time and Part Time Soldiers of the Australian Army

    Schram, B., Pope, R. R., Norman, A. & Orr, R., 2 Mar 2020, In : Military Medicine. 185, 3-4, p. e364-e369

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • A Pilot Analysis of Emerging Surface Electromyography Wearable Technology: Training Load Demands, Muscle Ratios, and Sex Differences in the Casualty Drag

    Lockie, R. G., Moreno, M. R., Ducheny, S., Orr, R. M., Dawes, J. & Balfany, K., 11 Feb 2020, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearch

  • A Profile of Ankle Injuries in Australian Army Soldiers

    Schram, B., Orr, R. M. & Canetti, E., 11 Feb 2020, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterResearch

  • Activities

    International Journal of Exercise Science (Journal)

    Rob Orr (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Subject Matter Expert Committee (External organisation)

    Rob Orr (Member)

    Activity: MembershipCommittees, Boards and Panelists

    Medicine and science in sports (Journal)

    Rob Orr (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Ergonomics (Journal)

    Rob Orr (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Journal of Athletic Training (Journal)

    Rob Orr (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer-review

    Press / Media

    What does the future of apparel look like for our war fighters?

    Rob Orr


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Firefighter Wellbeing and Health

    Rob Orr


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Firefighters face rapid weight loss and overheating while battling fires

    Rob Orr


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Soldiers' equipment weighing down defence force, doctor warns

    Rob Marc Orr


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    A biomechanical analysis of the BMX SX gate start.

    Author: Grigg, J., 12 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Keogh, J. W. L. (Supervisor), Orr, R. M. (Supervisor) & Haakonssen, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis