Impact of boots on task performance in tactical personnel: a systematic review

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Abstract

To identify and critically analyse articles investigating boots and their influence on task performance within a tactical population.
Design: Systematic Review

Method: This review followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) and was conducted by two independent reviewers. The methodology and search strategies were detailed in a protocol published in advance. A comprehensive search of six databases was performed.
Eligible articles were critically appraised, and a narrative synthesis was performed.

Results: Two articles met the eligibility criteria and were included in the review. The included studies were considered of good methodological quality and reported on firefighters. One of the investigations reported that rubber boots were heavier and significantly increased the chances of hazardous slips compared to leather boots. Similarly, in the second study, rubber boots had greater weight than leather ones, and the authors found a significant negative correlation between weight and gait performance.

Conclusion: In a firefighting population, both weight and material used in boots should be considered, as rubber boots and heavyweight material negatively impact gait parameters and, consequently, task performance. However, the results of this review should be interpreted with caution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages490
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2023
EventAustralian Physiotherapy Association: INGNITE Physiotherapy Conference 2023 - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 Oct 20237 Oct 2023
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ConferenceAustralian Physiotherapy Association
Abbreviated titleINGNITE 2023
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period5/10/237/10/23
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