Accession Number : ADA531882


Title :   Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement in 101st Airborne Soldiers


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 29 Sep 2008-28 Sep 2009


Corporate Author : PITTSBURGH UNIV MEDICAL CENTER PA


Personal Author(s) : Lephart, Scott M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a531882.pdf


Report Date : Oct 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 40


Abstract : Data were collected over a 20 month period (770 tests) to identify suboptimal biomechanical, musculoskeletal, physiological, and nutritional characteristics. Based on the results of initial testing included 101st-specific task and demand analyses and biomechanical, musculoskeletal, physiological, and nutritional assessments and injury history, the Eagle Tactical Athlete Program was developed and validated. The format of ETAP was based on a sports medicine periodized training model and included specific modalities that trained the soldier to be more athletic and address the suboptimal characteristics previously identified. ETAP was validated utilizing an experimental-control group comparison design and performed during a predeployment phase of training. Soldiers performing ETAP demonstrated significant improvements of the tested variables. These adaptations occurred in variables that are critically vital to military readiness. Overall, the adaptations observed with training will have long-term implications for injury reduction and performance optimization.


Descriptors :   *NUTRITION , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *MEDICINE , *MILITARY OPERATIONS , *PREVENTIVE MEDICINE , HISTORY , OPERATIONAL READINESS , TRAINING , OPTIMIZATION , DEPLOYMENT , TEST AND EVALUATION , COMBAT READINESS


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


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE