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. It is a part of 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) 2015 results.
The overarching aim of the group is to improve the 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.
Bond researchers take out Young Tall Poppy Science Awards
Bond Health Science and Medicine Faculty researchers Dr Robin Orr and Dr Christian Moro have taken out gongs at the Queensland 2022 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The pair were recognised for their scientific excellence and unique passion for science communication by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science at a gala function at the Griffith University Queensland College of Art in South Bank recently.
Dr Orr was awarded for his research into injury prevention for service men and women, firefighters, police officers and first responders who put themselves in harm’s way in the line of duty. Dr Moro was recognised for his research into the physiology associated with bladder diseases. Congratulations to both!
More information can be found on the Bond University website.
TRU MONTHLY UPDATE: AUG 22
Setting up base at Bond's new Brisbane location
While Dr Rob Orr was in the field with military personnel at Gallipoli Barracks in support of the prime vendors for the LAND 125-4 bid, Dr Ben Schram and Dr Elisa Canetti were able to take full advantage of Bond's new location in Brisbane by setting up a ‘forward operating base’. Located just 7 km from the barracks in Enoggera, the use of the Brisbane facilities allowed for the passing of time-critical and safe-hand information.
TACOPS course for the Australian Army and Navy Physical Training Instructors
Dr Rob Orr recently spent three days down at the Puckapunyal Army Base in Victoria running the Tactical Conditioning Optimisation (TACOPS) Course for Australian Army and Navy Physical Training Instructors. There is one more face-to-face TACOPS course planned for the Singapore Defence Force, before the Microcredential Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Program is scheduled to take over.
TRU presents at the 2022 Global Summit - End PJ Paralysis
Dr Rob Orr was invited to present at the recent 2022 Global Summit #EndPJparalysis hosted by Adjunct Professor Brian Dolan, OBE. With the theme of the summit being - the impacts of deconditioning on health and wellbeing - Rob presented on the unique impacts deconditioning has on tactical populations and presented on how losses of physical fitness can have wide-ranging impacts on tactical force generation and maintenance, leading to fewer trained officers, firefighters and military personnel able to support the community as demand for their support increases.
NT Police Territory Response Group (TRG)
Dr Ben Schram and Dr Rob Orr are pictured below chasing NT Police Territory Response Group (TRG) officers dressed in full tactical gear weighing around 18kg to track VO2 data as the officers sprinted. Surprisingly, results showed that the load did not necessarily slow the officers down, completing the distance at sub 4 minute km (15 km/h) pace before vaulting fences and sprinting upstairs with an additional 14kg and completing other duty specific tasks. The elite fitness of these officers was clearly evident with VO2 values peaking at over 70mL/kg/min.