Are baseline strength measures predictive of Changes in Spatio-Temporal Gait Measures Throughout a Load-Bearing Military March?

Contributing USMA Research Unit(s)

Civil and Mechanical Engineering

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ISB 2019: International Society of Biomechanics Congress

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Conference Proceeding


Military members are often required to carry more than 46 kg for extended periods of movement and, subsequently, perform high-level operations that often require strength, acuity, and endurance. Previous research has shown that these attributes are negatively affected by fatigue. Muscular strength may be indicative of an increased ability to resist fatigue. The purpose of this research was to identify baseline strength measures that may be predictive of fatigue resistance during an extended load-bearing military march. Greater baseline muscular strength was expected to minimize changes in spatiotemporal metrics throughout the ruck march.

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