Health-Related Fitness in the Royal Netherlands Army
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ARMY UTRECHT
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Physical fitness is often divided up into skill-related fitness and health-related fitness. Health-related fitness in its turn is often subdivided into three components that together determine overall health status cardiorespiratory fitness, musculoskeletal fitness, and body composition. For military personnel, HRF can be seen as the foundation on which general fitness, task-specific fitness, and, eventually, physical preparedness for unit missions can be built. Moreover, a sufficient level of health-related fitness is a prerequisite to prevent from disease. Two of the main health-related fitness issues that the Royal Netherlands Army is currently dealing with are musculoskeletal injuries and lifestyle-related health problems. Research efforts, intervention activities, and policies within the Dutch Army on each of these two issues are reviewed and exemplified in this paper.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Medicine and Medical Research