The effect of military load carriage on ground reaction forces

S. Birrell, R. Hooper

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Abstract

The carriage of heavy loads by military personnel increases injury risk. This study aims to examine the effect of carrying military loads on GRF parameters. Fifteen male participants completed 8 conditions; Boot, rifle, webbing 8 and 16 kg, backpack 16 kg, and a load carriage system of 24, 32 and 40 kg. Results showed that as load was added there was a proportional increase in all major GRF parameters. Rifle carriage anteriorly in the arms increased the impact peak and propulsive forces while decreasing the force minimum. Webbing loaded with 16 kg increased impact peaks compared to the backpack, but the pack increased stance times. As increased GRF are positively linked to overuse injuries the analysis of how carried load affects these are important to understand military injuries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2005
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages146-150
ISBN (Print)978-041537448-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005 - Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Apr 20057 Apr 2005

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society: Contemporary Ergonomics 2005, CE 2005
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityHertfordshire
Period5/04/057/04/05

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    Birrell, S., & Hooper, R. (2005). The effect of military load carriage on ground reaction forces. In Contemporary Ergonomics 2005 (pp. 146-150). Taylor & Francis.