Accession Number:

ADP011005

Title:

Military Load Carriage: A Novel Method of Interface Pressure Analysis

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIV LEICESTERSHIRE (UNITED KINGDOM) DEPT OF HUMAN SCIENCES

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

8.0

Abstract:

In the current military climate there is a constant need to strike a balance between the increasing amount of equipment carried by the modern soldier and the need to optimise performance and health. in co-operation with the Defence Clothing and Textile Agency load carriage equipment has been developed making use of novel interlace materials. These are used to distribute interface contact areas more extensively yet maintain air space next to the body surface. The purpose is to minimise peak pressure zones and reduce discomfort and pain so as to optimise performance and reduce the opportunity for injury. The paper will present novel methods for analysing interface pressures measured during load carriage on a treadmill and will consider the efficacy of this brief evaluative technique.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE