Accession Number : ADA301047

Title :   Physical Fitness Training to Improve the Manual Handling Capability of Women.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 23 Jan-1 Aug 95,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Knapik, Joseph

PDF Url : ADA301047

Report Date : 01 SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : This annual report provides preliminary data on a study examining the influence of a combined resistance and aerobic training program on the manual material handling (MMH) capability and road marching performance of female soldiers, subjects were 21 female soldiers, 13 of which completed all phases of the investigation. They trained for 14 weeks, performing progressive resistance training 3 days per week, and running and interval training 2 days per week. Compared to values obtained before training, soldiers increased the maximum mass they could lift from floor to knuckle height by 19% (68 to 81 kg, p<O.OO1) and from floor to chest height by 16% (49 to 57 kg, p<O.OO1). They improved by 17% their ability to lift 15 kg as many times as possible in lO-min (167 to 195 lifts, p<O.OO1). They improved by 4% their maximal effort road march time over a 5 km distance, carrying a 23-kg load mass (44.7 to 43.1 min, p-O.O2). Data analysis is still ongoing. These preliminary findings indicate that a short term physical fitness program, conducted about 1 hour per day, 5 days per week can substantially improve female soldier's MMH capability and can result in a small improvement in road marching ability.

Descriptors :   *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *MANUAL OPERATION, *PHYSICAL FITNESS, *HANDLING, *MATERIALS HANDLING, DATA PROCESSING, TRAINING, ARMY PERSONNEL, MASS, THORAX, WOMEN, AEROBIC PROCESSES, HEIGHT.

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE