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

Robert G. Lockie, Matthew R. Moreno, Spencer Ducheny, Rob Marc Orr, Jay Dawes, Katherine Balfany

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Abstract

An essential job task for military personnel is a casualty drag. A backwards
casualty drag is required when a soldier must drag a colleague from a
hazardous environment. The US Army created a simulation that measures the
capacity to perform this task, and involves dragging a 123-kg dummy
(equivalent weight to a soldier wearing a combat load) backwards over a 15-m
distance.
• In the field, a casualty drag can be demanding, and execution of this task could affect subsequent tasks a soldier may need to perform (e.g. moving under
direct fire). As a result, the ability to perform this task should be developed
during basic training.
• Military populations are now using technology more commonly associated with
elite sport. Technology has been adopted in an attempt to ensure cadets
experience the appropriate load to achieve the desired adaptations during
training, and to reduce injury occurrence. One example of emerging
technology that could have practical application in military training, especially
basic training, is surface electromyography (sEMG) wearable technology.
• sEMG wearable technology evaluates muscle activation and recruitment during
physical activity, and uses this input to measure training load (TL). The
measurement of TL via wearable technology could provide an indication of the
stress placed on the body by the performed activities, and this system could
measure tactical tasks such as a casualty drag in a practical environment
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 11 Feb 2020
Event5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance - Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Quebec, Canada
Duration: 11 Feb 202014 Feb 2020
Conference number: 5th
http://www.icspp2020.ca/

Conference

Conference5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance
Abbreviated titleICSPP
CountryCanada
CityQuebec
Period11/02/2014/02/20
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    Lockie, R. G., Moreno, M. R., Ducheny, S., Orr, R. M., Dawes, J., & Balfany, K. (2020). A Pilot Analysis of Emerging Surface Electromyography Wearable Technology: Training Load Demands, Muscle Ratios, and Sex Differences in the Casualty Drag. Poster session presented at 5th International Congress on Soldiers' Physical Performance, Quebec, Canada.