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Improving the Military's Running Programs to Minimize Injury Potential

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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Military fitness programs and fitness tests all contain a running component designed to train and measure the cardiovascular readiness of the individual. The inclusion of running starts in boot camps and is an expected standard of performance that is ultimately the individuals responsibility to maintain. To assist in this endeavor, each service branch provides varying levels of guidance to its personnel regarding how to train to meet these standards. In addition, unit leadership assigned selected personnel additional duties to conduct fitness tests and lead unit fitness formations, yet the amount of training provided on running is minimal and does not properly equip them with the skills necessary to recognize poor performances, nor how to correct them. The measurement of an individuals running performance equals the time it takes to complete the task, not how efficiently he or she completes the task. The individuals skill at performing the task is largely ignored, with the motivation of managing the pain of running going unchecked until the next fitness test. This study seeks to analyze how the military can best utilize medical and exercise studies and models of successful training programs to synergize and construct an effective military running program.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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