NHRC Update, Issue No. 7
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The combat boot is one of the most important pieces of the U.S. Marine Corps standard military issue. Military requirements demand a boot that is comfortable, durable, and enhances the performance capabilities of the marine. However, previous boot designs restricted natural gait patterns and provided minimal shock absorption during physical activity. These factors often led to an early onset of fatigue, muscular pain, and possible injury. As part of an on going program to reduce musculoskeletal injuries in Marine Corps and Navy training populations, researchers at NHRC were asked to collaborate with MARCORSYSCOM in the development of a new infantry combat boot for the Marine Corps. The NHRC research team included Captain Stephanie Brodine, MC, USN Commander Rick Shaffer, MSC, USN Commander Travis Luz, MSC, USN and Ms. Karen Maxwell-Williams. This team worked with Dr Kenton Kaufman of the Biomechanics Laboratory at Childrens Hospital, and John Hagy, a footwear expert, to evaluate the biomechanical aspects of current commercially available boots and stock system boots and to provide a recommendation for an improved design of a Marine Corps combat boot.
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