Physical Fitness of Soldiers Entering and Leaving Basic Combat Training
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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This study examined the effectiveness of basic combat training BCT in improving the physical fitness of incoming soldiers and compared the physical fitness and trainability of current trainees to those measured in previous years. 350 soldiers 182 men and 168 women were recruited from those entering two BCT battalions at the Ft Jackson Reception Station during May 1-14, 1998. Volunteers performed the following procedures before BCT 1 continuous uphill treadmill running test of peak oxygen uptake VO2peak 2 one-repetition maximum 1-RM isometric strength test of the lower body, upper torso and upright pulling strength 3 1-RM test of dynamic lifting strength 4 dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry DEXA assessment of body composition 5 anthropometric measurements skinfolds and circumferences 6 vertical jump 7 photometric measurement of limb length and joint diameters and 8 joint mobility measures.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Military Forces and Organizations