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. 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.

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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

Registrations are now open for IPES 2023!
Sep 19, 2022
Registrations are now open for IPES 2023!
Sep 19, 2022

Registration is now open for the 4th International Physical Employment Standards Conference to be held on Friday, 24 February - Sunday, 26 February 2023!

Registration is now open for the 4th International Physical Employment Standards Conference to be held on Friday, 24 February…

Registrations are now open for IPES 2023!

Posted: Sep 19, 2022

Registration is now open for the 4th International Physical Employment Standards Conference to be held on Friday, 24 February - Sunday, 26 February 2023!

For all information pertaining to IPES 2023, including abstract submission, key dates and sponsorship packages, please visit https://bond.edu.au/researchers/research-bond/IPES-conference

Hosted by the Bond University Tactical Research Unit the conference will address the three T's essential to supporting physical performance in physically demanding occupations; Theory, Testing and Training. Specific topics will include physical employment standards, identifying and mitigating injury risk factors, physical conditioning and assessing occupational readiness.

The conference content will be a blend of research and applied practice in a range of physically demanding occupations including military, law enforcement, fire and rescue and first responders.

TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress 2022
Sep 19, 2022
TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress 2022
Sep 19, 2022

The Tactical Research Unit Rapid Fire Mini Congress is on again during Bond University Research week.

The Tactical Research Unit Rapid Fire Mini Congress is on again during Bond University Research week. The event…

TRU Rapid Fire Mini Congress 2022

Posted: Sep 19, 2022

The Tactical Research Unit Rapid Fire Mini Congress is on again during Bond University Research week. The event will highlight the latest research in tactical populations (military, law enforcement and fire and rescue) through a keynote presentation, rapid presentations from its research students and a guided industry/academia discussion. Topics will cover several fields including using fitness tests and standards in tactical populations, sex differences in equipment wear, how to assess competence in critical skills, thermal impacts on performance, and how industry and academia worked together to optimise body armour systems.

 

The Keynote address will be given by Dr Jace Drain from the Defence Science and Technology Group.

In person or virtual attendance is welcome. The virtual link will be sent 2 days beforehand.

Please register to attend:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tactical-research-unit-rapid-fire-mini-congress-tickets-395713849777

 

Upcoming events

There are currently no scheduled events.

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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 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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