Load Carriage and the female soldier

Rob Marc Orr, Venerina Johnston, Julia Coyle, Rodney R Pope

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There are obvious differences between men and women, differences which are taken into consideration when training athletes. Numerous texts discuss the gender specific requirements of the female athlete, from coaching styles and training methods, to dealing with social pressures and the impact of factors that selectively affect the female athlete. On this basis, when it comes to athletic endeavours, the specific requirements of the female athlete are well considered. Unfortunately, when it comes to the female soldier and load carriage, there is a notable lack of such dedicated research literature. While several load carriage studies have included female soldiers as participants or even had female participants as their only subjects, load carriage research traditionally fails to consider the lessons learned from female athletes and apply them to the female soldier undertaking heavy load carriage tasks..
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-34
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Military and Veterans' Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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