More than just research, the TRU realises the importance of application. To this end, the TRU provides education and training services to a plethora of organisations and industry. With the ability to draw on the latest research and an international framework of collaborators, as well as actual practical experience and service, the TRU can customise training and education products to meet the needs of each organisation.


Members of the TRU can provide dedicated, applicable and evidence-based education and training from the tactical through the operational, to the strategic level.

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Some of the education and training sessions that the TRU offer include:

Single session presentations

i.e. on load carriage [ANZCTC] and optimal recruit conditioning [USARIEM, Australian Army, Singapore Army]

Four-day national strength and conditioning association tactical strength and conditioning practitioners course

i.e. for general tactical populations strength and conditioning coaches

One-day workshops

i.e. optimised operational conditioning [Australian Army Infantry Battalions, the LA Sheriff’s Department]

Three-day tactical conditioning optimisation course

i.e. for general tactical populations run in the US, China and Singapore

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10-day rehabilitation and return to work module

i.e. the Australian Defence Force Physical Training School

Bond University Microcredential Courses

The Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Program (TACOPS) is designed to provide those in tactical occupations as well as those who support these personnel with a detailed understanding of the health and fitness needs of tactical personnel.

Course details

This course is designed to introduce the tactical facilitator to the basics of strength and conditioning through hands-on repetitions and scientific principles of strength and conditioning to help decrease injuries and worker compensation claims as well as increase performance, readiness, and longevity of the tactical athlete’s career. The tactical facilitator will spend time in lecture settings learning about strength and conditioning concepts before receiving hands-on training in execution and correction of movement and exercise.

The course will deliver topics ranging from physical assessment requirements, to the occupation lifespan (i.e. special ops, fireman) and to considering occupational specific requirements (e.g. load carriage). 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.

This course is suitable for SAF, SCDF, HomeTeam, private special operations providers, sports coaches and fitness instructors.

Screening and assessment for tactical professions 
  • Validity and reliability
  • The different purposes of screening and assessment for tactical populations
  • Types of assessments
  • Selecting assessments
Revising the science of conditioning
  • Optimised resistance training 
  • Optimised metabolic conditioning
  • Overload, specificity and SAID principles
Movement orientated training
  • Understanding movement and 'functional' training
  • The real 'core' training
  • Synergy in action, balance profiles and potential for movement
Designing conditioning programs for trainees
  • Influential & risk factors 
  • Periodisation types and application
  • Factors influencing the conditioning process
  • Injuries common to new trainees
  • Short term injuries & Long term rehabilitation considerations
Designing conditioning programs for qualified and specialist personnel
  • Kinetic versus cyber personnel
  • Influential & risk factors
  • Factors influencing the conditioning process
  • Periodisation types and application
  • Injuries common to qualified personnel
  • Short term injuries & Long term rehabilitation considerations
  • Environmental considerations and conditioning for extreme conditions
Specific topics
  • Part time versus full time force 
  • Gender differences
  • Older personnel
  • Training the tactical athlete versus training the person
  • Health and Wellbeing: From shift work to sedentary behaviour
Tactical load carriage: impacts and conditioning
  • Historical basis
  • Scientific basis
  • Injuries associated with load carriage
  • Performance impacts associated with load carriage
  • Conditioning for load carriage
Conditioning groups
  • Applying the exercise science 
  • Ability based training
  • MOT - Base exercises and movement

Upcoming events

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


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