Accession Number : ADA301048

Title :   Investigation of Female Load-Carrying Performance.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s) : Harper, William H. ; Knapik, Joseph

PDF Url : ADA301048

Report Date : 21 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : While many studies have examined the physiological, biomechanical, and medical effects of load carrying on male subjects, those studies examining female subjects are limited. There are no data comparing male and female differences in maximal effort road- marching performance for militarily relevant distances. This study will investigate female and male load carriage performance. Subjects will carry total loads of 40, 60, and 80 pounds for a distance of 10 km at a maximal pace. Times to complete the march as weil as intermediate times at the 2.5-km, 5.0-km, and 7.5-km checkpoints will be recorded. Also, the effect of the loaded march on other tasks of military interest will be evaluated. Pre- and post-march measures of grenade throw for distance and vertical jump will be evaluated to determine the effects of the loaded marches on the performance of these tasks. Heart rate data and oxygen consumption data will be collected and examined to determine the effects of the road march and various loads on these factors. Data collection will begin in August 1995.

Descriptors :   *LOAD DISTRIBUTION, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), *LOADS(FORCES), *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY), TEST EQUIPMENT, MEDICINE, VERTICAL ORIENTATION, DATA ACQUISITION, MALES, HEART RATE, FEMALES, OXYGEN CONSUMPTION.

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE