Load Carriage for Female Military Personnel

Rob Marc Orr, Rodney Pope, Simone O'Shea, Joseph Knapik

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This article reviews the physiological, biomechanical, and health impacts of load carriage on the female soldier and includes issues impacting on the female athlete and hence female soldier. Physiological factors (e.g., mass, strength, and aerobic endurance) and biomechanical factors (e.g., forward trunk lean and step length) have the potential to increase the energy cost of load carriage and injury risk. Optimal load carriage conditioning guidelines are presented while considering issues specific to the female soldier, including the female athlete triad and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction, which can likewise reduce performance and increase injury risk.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-58
Number of pages9
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Issue number4
Early online date8 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


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