About TRU

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.

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The Tactical Research Unit (TRU) at Bond University works towards the protection and performance of individuals on the front line who protect our community and country.

Services

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.

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Latest news

3rd TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress
Oct 11, 2023
3rd TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress
Oct 11, 2023

The Tactical Research Unit presented their 3rd Rapid Fire Mini Congress at 

The Tactical Research Unit presented their 3rd Rapid…

3rd TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress

Posted: Oct 11, 2023

The Tactical Research Unit presented their 3rd Rapid Fire Mini Congress at Bond University's Research Week yesterday. Following a keynote from Dr Scotty Gayton on High Reliability Teams (HRT), HDR candidate Graham Marvin presented his work on Occupational Fatigue. The congress finished with 10 tactical research studies presented by the TRU team (Dr Elisa Canetti, Dr Ben Schram and Dr Rob Orr) in 30 minutes in a Rapid Fire format (buzzer included).

Australian Physiotherapy Association IGNITE…
Oct 11, 2023
Australian Physiotherapy Association IGNITE Conference 23
Oct 11, 2023

The TRU team joined with previous DPHTY students who undertook their research with the TRU to present 12 research abstracts at the 2023 Australian Physiotherapy Association IGNITE Conference.

The TRU team joined with previous DPHTY students who undertook their research with the TRU to present 12 research abstracts at…

Upcoming events

TACOPS Course (2 Day Mod): Australian Army
26–27 Jun 2021   

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The Perfect Trinity

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With experience in tactical service, members of the team have experienced first hand disconnects between research, industry and tactical organisations.

On this basis, wherever viable, the TRU engages with both industry and tactical organisations (end users) in order to ensure downstream recommendations have the greatest chance of effective implementations and that the outcomes are relevant to both industry and the organisations involved.

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