Effects of a Specifically Designed Physical Conditioning Program on the Load Carriage and Lifting Performance of Female Soldiers.
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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Forty-six women were studied to determine whether their ability to perform very heavy Army jobs could be improved by a specially designed 24-week physical training program administered within normal Army time constraints 32 subjects remained for the entire testing and training program. The training program proved effective. The weight of boxes the women could lift to three different heights improved between 30 and 47. After training, the average box-weight the women could lift onto a truck was 118 pounds, 81 of the Army male value. The number of 40-pound boxes the women could lift onto a truck in 10 minutes increased from 106 to 140. The number of 40-pound boxes that could be lifted off the ground, carried 25 feet and placed onto a truck increased from 53 to 62. Vertical jump and standing long jump distance increased 20 and 15 respectively. The speed at which a 75 pound backpack could be carried over a 2-mile mixed-terrain course increased from 3.4 to 4.4 miles per hour. Before the training, only 24 of the women could qualify for very heavy Army jobs after the training, 78 could qualify. Body composition improved as well.
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