Self-Reported Load Carriage Conditioning Practices of Australian Soldiers

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

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Abstract

Soldiers are required to carry external loads as part of their occupation. Physical conditioning to carry such loads is vital if injuries are to be avoided and occupational task performance optimised. Soldiers were asked to describe their most recent load carriage physical training session via an online survey. Of the 338 respondents, only 41% reported completing a load carriage conditioning session in the preceding 14 days. The loads carried ranged from a mean Patrol Order load of 15.5 kg (±10.8 kg) to a mean Marching Order load of 36.3 kg (±12.0 kg). Roads (42%) and dirt or grass (39%) constituted the predominant terrains traversed, with the majority of sessions (79%) lasting no more than 2 hours and being of an endurance marching nature (60%). When compared to the recommended load carriage conditioning requirements suggested by the literature, these conditioning sessions were deficient in several areas when relating to the Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type of conditioning required. These results suggest that soldiers are not being optimally conditioned for field and operational load carriage requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2014
EventFuture Land Force Conference 2014: Integrating the future land force - Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201424 Sep 2014
https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/event/flfc2014
https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/sites/default/files/events/documents/FLFC2014-registrations-open-flyer.pdf (FLFC 2014 Flyer)

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ConferenceFuture Land Force Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleFLFC
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period24/09/1424/09/14
OtherThe Future Land Force Conference was part of Land Forces 2014, which succeeds the former Land Warfare Conference. The conference addressed the following topics:

- Unleashing human potential
- Agile logistics, power and energy
- Protecting the future force
- Land force networking and integration
- Next generation land vehicles
- Automation, Autonomy and Autonomous systems for the land force
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    Orr, R. M., Pope, R. R., Johnston, V., & Coyle, J. (2014). Self-Reported Load Carriage Conditioning Practices of Australian Soldiers. Abstract from Future Land Force Conference 2014, Brisbane, Australia.