The TRU is a network of multidisciplinary international experts who investigate ways to optimise the physical and cognitive capabilities, and safety of tactical personnel – whether military, law enforcement, firefighters, or first responder organisations.
Comprised of academic researchers and personnel who have served in tactical professions, the TRU provides the critical transfer of scientific evidence to pragmatic application across tactical, operational, and strategic management levels. Using a bespoke 'Trident Approach' the TRU engage with academics, industry and end-users to ensure research has real world outcomes.
The TRU is nested within Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, which received the highest possible ranking of ‘well above world standard’, and ‘at world standard’ for human movement and sports science, from the Australian Research Council (ARC) in its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
The overarching aim of the group is to improve the fitness, health, wellbeing and occupational performance of those who serve and ensure new research findings are shared across the different tactical populations.
The TRU provides services to government, industry, academic and private institutions. These include research projects, consultancy reports and educational and training packages.
Since 2015, the TRU team has conducted research across multiple tactical agencies covering initial training through to specialist selection and rehabilitation.
Consultancy projects have included the development of evidence-based, tactically viable, reports to inform multiple agencies and the generation of injury management, assessments, and conditioning optimization frameworks.
Education and training services use the latest research evidence and practical experience to provide workshops, courses or longer programs to tactical personnel as well as their support staff, such as physiotherapists, physical training instructors, and strength and conditioning coaches.
TACOPS back in Singapore
Professor Orr was honoured to be invited back to Singapore to run the Tactical Research Unit's Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Program (TACOPS) for the Soldier Fitness Centre.
TRU Update: Dec 2022
TRU collaborate with University of Brasilia
Dr Elisa Canetti from the TRU hosted fellow researcher and collaborator Diogo Ferreira, a visiting PhD candidate from the University of Brasília, Brazil. Diogo is a professional firefighter completing his thesis on firefighter performance. Whilst here, Diogo participated in several TRU activities including a trip to connect with Inspector Richard Gorey, the Manager of the Tactical Training Unit at Queensland Fire and Rescue and TRU Advisory Group Member. The team are already planning a series of collaborations to help the health and wellbeing of these vital personnel, both here and abroad.
Sports Medicine Australia Conference
The TRU turned out in force to present at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference, the leading multidisciplinary sports medicine conference in Australasia. Research spanning military, law enforcement, and firefighters was presented across two days of podium and poster presentations.
Dr Vini Simas was awarded best research poster at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference, the leading multidisciplinary sports medicine conference in Australasia. This is a funded Department of Veteran’s Affairs program of research. Congratulations Vini!
TRU In the news
The Tactical Research Unit's latest media release focused on female body armour. Supported by Australian Defence Apparel Pty Ltd, Bond University's Doctor of Physiotherapy students, Claire Buttner, Sharne Tiller and Nash Vollenweider investigated differences in body armour comfort and function in female and male police officers with the aim of identifying similarities and differences. You can read more here.
HDR student presents at ASCA International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning
TRU Higher Degree Research student, Jeremy Robinson recently presented on specialist policing at the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association's (ASCA) International Conference on Applied Strength and Conditioning. Jeremy’s work focussed on the effects of a daily undulating periodisation program on the physical performance of specialist police.
TRU & the NSW Police Force
The TRU recently spent over a week working with NSW Police Force units. In addition to Stage 2 of a job task analysis project with the Mounted Unit where the team collected various biometric and metabolic data, the team commenced work with the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command in both Sydney (Metro) and Goulburn (Rural) and driving instructor staff and students at the School of Traffic and Mobile Policing.
Pictured below: Dr Ben Schram and Dr Elisa Canetti monitor feedback on Mounted Police officers conducting yard work with their mounts.
TACOPS Bond University Microcredential courses
The Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Program (TACOPS) is designed to provide those in tactical occupations (such as military, law enforcement and corrective services, firefighters and first responders) as well as those who support these personnel (including strength and conditioning coaches, personal trainers, fitness instructors, physiotherapists and occupational therapists) with a detailed understanding of the health and fitness needs of tactical personnel.
Designed as a series of eight professional development courses, the program spans topics ranging from physical assessment requirements, to the physical strength and conditioning requirements of tactical personnel across their occupational lifespan (i.e. trainee, general duties, specialists). Using an approach focused on translating research evidence to practice, the course considers the latest scientific literature as well as a pragmatic approach to implementation.
You will learn from Dr Rob Orr, the Director of the Bond University Tactical Research Unit, a multidisciplinary, international team of researchers providing research, consultancy, and education services to tactical professions around the globe.
All courses are available online at any time via our high-quality learner platform. The self-paced delivery gives you the flexibility to work around your other commitments. Upon successful completion of each course, you will receive a digital Certificate of Achievement in recognition of your new competencies. Upon successful completion of the full program, you will gain a program digital Certificate of Completion. This certificate will provide recognition of prior learning for those wishing to complete the CERT IV in Sports Coaching (Physical Conditioning In the Specialist Workplace), delivered by the Optimal Performance Solutions.
For further course information, please visit the Bond University Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Program page.