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Colin Tomes Three Minute Thesis: Rhythm and Blues
Nov 28, 2021
Colin Tomes Three Minute Thesis: Rhythm and Blues
Nov 28, 2021

Watch as TRU HDR student, Colin Tomes, gives a three minute presentation on: Rhythm and Blues: Heart Rate Variability, Stress, and Police Officer Occupational Health.

Watch as TRU HDR student, Colin Tomes, gives a three minute presentation on: Rhythm and Blues: Heart Rate Variability, Stress…

Colin Tomes Three Minute Thesis: Rhythm and Blues

Posted: Nov 28, 2021

Watch as TRU HDR student, Colin Tomes, gives a three minute presentation on: Rhythm and Blues: Heart Rate Variability, Stress, and Police Officer Occupational Health.

TRU News Update: OCT 21
Nov 28, 2021
TRU News Update: OCT 21
Nov 28, 2021

Recent Publications:

Recent Publications:

TRU News Update: OCT 21

Posted: Nov 28, 2021

Recent Publications:

Free-living dietary intake in tactical personnel and implications for nutrition practice: a systematic review

Update on minimalist running shoes

How does time spent working in custody influence health and fitness characteristics of law enforcement officers?

Can training trunk musculature influence musculoskeletal pain and physical performance in military police officers?

Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Dr Rob Orr was recently invited to speak at the Disaster and Emergency Management Conference. His presentation showed the TRU's research collaborations with search and rescue (SAR) teams in the US and South Africa across military SAR specialists to local volunteers involved in mountain rescue. The presentation on how to physically prepare SAR personnel for load carriage and the physical rigours of working in austere environments is the precursor to research being undertaken in conditioning practices for SAR teams in the US.

 

Research for the NSW Police Force
The TRU recently completed a funded series of studies for NSW Police Force investigating marksmanship practices from reliability of assessments to performance under stress. Highlighting research translation to practice, recommendations from the associated Technical Report have been accepted and will be implemented in September 2021 to a cadre of 500 students currently at the Police Academy.

Research for Steel Blue
The TRU has begun the first of a series of research projects for Steel Blue footwear. The first form of work will be a scoping review looking at occupational footwear with a specific focus on boot wear, injury risk and performance impacts. The scoping review will guide future collaborations with Steel Blue who will use the research to further optimise their tactical boot wear.

Welcome HDR students Graham Marvin and Darren Corea
The TRU welcomes two new HDR students, both former Doctor of Physiotherapy students. Graham Marvin’s research will focus on ‘The relationship between sleep, training load, fatigue, and injury rates in emergency service workers.’ On a bursary from the ACT Emergency Services, Graham’s research will be conducted with ACT tactical personnel including ambulance, fire and rescue, rural fire services, and state emergency services personnel.  Darren Corea’s research will focus on ‘The effects of a Virtual Reality-based intervention on chronic pain and anxiety in Veterans’. The research will take place in the newly-built Atlantis Recovery Centre using VR technology from TRU collaborators VirtuReal.

TRU MONTHLY UPDATE: AUG 21
Aug 20, 2021
TRU MONTHLY UPDATE: AUG 21
Aug 20, 2021

Research with the Translational Simulation Collaborative (TSC)

Research with the Translational Simulation Collaborative (TSC)

TRU MONTHLY UPDATE: AUG 21

Posted: Aug 20, 2021

Research with the Translational Simulation Collaborative (TSC)
The TRU recently teamed up with the Translational Simulation Collaborative (TSC) to pilot future research investigating stress responses in mission critical teams. Participants from the Gold Coast University Hospital Emergency Department worked through complex emergency simulated scenarios with various additional stressors, like intercom calls, distracted student doctors, and purposeful miscommunication, adding further challenges. Dr Victoria Brazil from the TSC ran the scenarios and post-action debrief while the TRU collected heart rate / heart rate variability and respiratory rate measures to inform basic levels of stress.

2021 #EndPJparalysis Global Online Summit
Dr Rob Orr recently presented at the 2021 #EndPJparalysis Global Online Summit which was hosted by none other than Professor Brian Dolan, OBE. Last year the 36-hour live event was watched in 15 countries with over 1,200 attendees. With an overarching theme of the negative impacts of deconditioning, generally within the elderly and hospital settings, Rob was asked to showcase how deconditioning can impact a well-trained population serving in tactical occupations.

Colin Tomes presents at the National Strength and Conditioning Conference
Doctor of Physiotherapy Alumnus, and current HDR student, Colin Tomes recently presented his work on Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Monitoring for Specialist Police at the National Strength and Conditioning Conference in the USA. Colin was inundated with questions on this emerging use of HRV in specialist police. The presented poster is scheduled for publication in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

 


Varsity College ASPIRE Athlete Development Program
Dr Rob Orr was recently invited back to Varsity College to present to students who are part of the College’s ASPIRE Athlete Development Program. The 12-14 year old students, who compete in various high-level sports, attended the session which focussed on ‘The Warrior Mindset’. Drawn from his experience as a Physical Training Instructor in the Australian Army and competing in international competitions across several sports and events, Rob discussed mindset approaches as part of long-term athlete development that can be used to achieve more in sport as well as academic work.

Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Course (TACOPS)
Over 30 delegates from the Singapore Army and Singapore Prisons Emergency Action Response (SPEAR) Force recently completed the TRU’s 3-day Tactical Conditioning Optimisation Course. Dr Rob Orr presented the course virtually to soldiers, police officers, physiotherapists and exercise scientists who work with these tactical agencies. The course has been run in the USA, China and Singapore with the final course to be held for the Australian Army next month before the course is converted to a microcredential.

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training Conference
Dr Orr was again invited to present at the Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training Conference hosted by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The conference was held in Norfolk, Virginia with over 700 delegates attending both physically and remotely. He delivered an 80-minute multimodal session on Building resilience into the legs of tactical personnel (at 1am Australian time) followed by a Q&A session.

 

Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition…
Jun 15, 2021

Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition 2021: Female-Specific Fit Apparel

Posted: Jun 15, 2021
The Tactical Research Unit works with VirtuReal…
May 24, 2021
The Tactical Research Unit works with VirtuReal on the use of Translocative VR
May 24, 2021

It was great working with VirtuReal on the use of Translocative VR to prepare mission critical teams recently.

It was great working with VirtuReal on the use of Translocative VR to prepare mission critical teams recently.…

The Tactical Research Unit works with VirtuReal on the use of Translocative VR

Posted: May 24, 2021

It was great working with VirtuReal on the use of Translocative VR to prepare mission critical teams recently.

If you are going to Land Forces, International Land Defence Exposition, come and check it out (Queensland Government Stand (1A6)).

Tactical Research Unit of Bond University…
May 24, 2021
Tactical Research Unit of Bond University Researches Defence Force and Emergency Services Equipment Load Impact
May 24, 2021

Defence force and Emergency Services personnel are risking personal injury by carrying large loads on the job. The Tactical Research Unit is investigating how to ease the burden and the impact.

Defence force and Emergency Services personnel are risking personal injury by carrying large loads on the job. The Tactical…

Tactical Research Unit of Bond University Researches Defence Force and Emergency Services Equipment Load Impact

Posted: May 24, 2021

Defence force and Emergency Services personnel are risking personal injury by carrying large loads on the job. The Tactical Research Unit is investigating how to ease the burden and the impact. Carly Masden from Seven News reports. Enjoy watching the news coverage here.

 

TRU 2020 Research Output Summary
May 12, 2021
TRU 2020 Research Output Summary
May 12, 2021

The Tactical Research Unit has produced excellent outcomes in 2020, in spite of the challenges around the globe.

The Tactical Research Unit has produced excellent outcomes in 2020, in spite of the challenges around the globe.

Please…

TRU 2020 Research Output Summary

Posted: May 12, 2021

The Tactical Research Unit has produced excellent outcomes in 2020, in spite of the challenges around the globe.

Please take a look at our list of publications, commissioned and technical reports, presentations, articles and media coverage.

 

Publications in Peer Review Journals

  1. Moreno, M., Rodas, K., Bloodgood, A., Dawes, J., Dulla, J., Orr, R. & Lockie, R. (2020). The influence of aerobic fitness on heart rate responses of custody assistant recruits during circuit training sessions, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218177.
  1. Lockie, R., Dawes, J., Moreno, M., McGuire, M., Ruvalcaba, T., Bloodgood, A., Dulla., J. & Orr., R. (2020).  We need you: Influence of hiring demand and modified applicant testing on the physical fitness of law enforcement recruits. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(20). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17207512
  1. Lockie, R., Dawes, J., Dulla, J., Orr, R. & Hernandez, E. (2020). Physical fitness, sex considerations, and academy graduation for law enforcement recruits. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003844
  1. Marins, E., Barbosa, O., Machado, E., Orr, R., Dawes, J. & Del Vecchio, F. (2020). Profile of self-reported physical tasks and physical training in Brazilian special operations units: A web-based cross-sectional study, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19). doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197135. https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/19/7135/htm
  1. Kukic, F., Heinrich, K., Koropanovski, N., Poston, W. S. C., Cvorovic, A., Dawes, J., Orr, R. & Dopsaj, M. (2020). Differences in body composition across police occupations and moderation effects of leisure time physical activity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18). doi:10.3390/ijerph17186825, https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/18/6825
  1. Schram, B., Robinson, J. & Orr, R. (2020). The physical fitness effects of a week-long specialist tactical police selection course. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(18). doi:10.3390/ijerph17186782, https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/17/18/6782/htm
  1. Lockie, R., Beitzel, M., Dulla, J., Dawes, J., Orr, R. & Hernandez, J. (2020). Between-sex differences in the work sample test battery performed by law enforcement recruits. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003671
  1. Orr, R., Robinson, J, Hasanki, K., Talaber, K., Schram, B. & Roberts, A. (2020). The relationship between strength measures and task performance in specialist tactical police, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003511
  1. Lockie, R., Dawes, J., Orr, R. & Dulla, J. (2020). Recruit fitness standards from a large law enforcement agency: Between-class comparisons, percentile rankings, and implications for physical training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003534
  1. Lockie, R., Hernandez, J., Moreno, M., Dulla, J., Dawes, J. & Orr, R. (2020). A follow-up research note: 2.4-km run and 20-m multistage fitness test relationships in law enforcement recruits after academy training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003489
  1. Strader, J., Schram, B., Irving, S., Robinson, J., Orr, R. (2020). Special Weapons and Tactics Occupational-Specific Physical Assessments and Fitness Measures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(21), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17218070

 

Commissioned and Technical Reports:

  1. Robson, K., Orr, R. & Pope, R. (2020).  Tactical Research Unit Report for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Acute Meniscal Tears Of The Knee & Acute Articular Cartilage Tears - A Rapid Review. Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Australia.
  2. Schram, B., Canetti, E., Simas, V., Campbell, P., Pope, R. & Orr, R. (2020). Tactical Research Unit Report for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Intervertebral Disc Prolapse - A Rapid Review. Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Australia.
  3. Simas, V., Canetti, E., Schram, B., Campbell, P., Pope, R. & Orr, R. (2020). Tactical Research Unit Report for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Spondylosis - A Rapid Review. Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Australia.
  4. Pope, R. & Orr, R. (2020). Tactical Research Unit Report for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Measuring occupational exposures in Australian Defence Force job categories for 28 medical conditions - Initial Exposure Summaries. Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Australia.
  1. Orr, R., Schram, B., Simas, V. & Canetti, E. (2020). Use of the ReaperTM Load Carriage Assistance Device on Tactical Police Capability Report. Commissioned and funded by the Advanced Accuracy Solutions
  1. Orr, R., Schram, B., Simas, V. & Canetti, E. (2020). Comparison of Two Marksmanship Assessments. Commissioned and funded by the Optimal Performance Solutions and Australian Border Force

 

Seminars, Conventions and Conference Presentations/Posters:

  1. Orr, R. (2020). Taking physiotherapy subjects online: From theory to practice. Presented at: Inaugural Virtual Education Symposium, 15 -16 December 2020.
  1. Orr, R., Kukic, F., Marins, E., Lim, C., Dawes, J. & Lockie, R. (2020). The impact of load carriage on lower-body power in SWAT police. Presented at: Archibald Reiss Days, Belgrade, Serbia, 18-19 November 2020.
  1. Orr, R. (2020). Conditioning for load carriage across the career: Green, blue, and red. Presented at: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Annual Training Conference, USA, 25-28 August 2020.
  1. Bloodgood, A., McGuire, M., Dawes, J., Orr, R., Dulla, J. & Lockie, R. (2020). A pilot analysis of the influence of lower-body strength and power during law enforcement tasks under load. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Dawes, J., Smittle, M., Johnson, Q., Ward, C., Casteel, M., Orr, R. & Lockie, R. (2020). Differences in performance among officers while wearing personal protective vests. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Dawes, J., Johnson, Q., Terrance, T., Orr, R. & Lockie, R. (2020). Differences in selected measures of fitness between police cadets that pass or fail training academy. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Hernandez, E., Dulla, J., Orr, R., Dawes, J. & Lockie, R. (2020). Are there differences in the physical fitness characteristics of recruits from smaller and larger law enforcement agencies at the start of academy? Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Johnson, Q., Kukic, F., Cvorovic, A., Orr, R., Lockie, R., Smith, D., Koropanovski, N. & Dawes, J. (2020). Associations between lower-body power and body composition to change of direction speed under two loading conditions among female police officers. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Lockie, R., Moreno, M., McGuire, M., Ruvalcaba, T., Bloodgood, A., Dulla, J., Orr, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). Strong arm (and legs) of the law: Relationships between isometric strength and the body drag in incoming deputy sheriff recruits. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Lockie, R., Moreno, M., McGuire, M., Ruvalcaba, T., Bloodgood, A., Dulla, J., Orr, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). We need you: Influence of hiring demand and modified applicant testing on the physical fitness of deputy sheriff recruits. Poster presented at: National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NA, USA, 08-11 July 2020.
  1. Orr, R. (2020). Tactical load carriage: Research and practice. Presented at: International Community of Scholars in Kinesiology - Research Week Keynote presentations. University of Kentucky, USA, 04 March 2020.
  1. Canetti, E., Schram, B., Orr, R., Knapik, J. & Pope, R. (2020). Risk factors for development of lower limb osteoarthritis in physically demanding occupations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Tomes, C., Schram, B. & Orr, R. (2020). If they are not fit, they risk injury: The use of fitness testing results to predict injury in police recruits. Presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Orr, R., Schram, B., Canetti, E. & Pope, R. (2020). Distances travelled during recruit physical training: A drop in the bucket.  Presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Orr, R., Walker, A., Schram, B., Gorey, R. & Pope, R. (2020). The impact of occupational tasks on firefighter hydration during a live structural fire. Presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Orr, R., Schram, B., Canetti, E. & Pope, R. (2020). Physical training in the military: A telling history. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Singh, J., Robinson, J., Schram, B., Irving, S. & Orr, R. (2020). Performance on an anaerobic specialist tactical police fitness test: Candidates versus specialist tactical response police officers. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Strader, J., Robinson, J., Schram, B., Irving, S. & Orr, R. (2020). Comparing an occupational specific physical assessment to fitness measures specialist tactical response police candidates: A retrospective cohort study. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Dennien, B., Robinson, J., Schram, B. & Orr, R. (2020). Use of a modified load carriage predictive equation to identify specialist police candidates at greater risk of injury and selection failure. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Dulla, J., Matthews, C., Mackenzie-Shalders, K. & Orr, R. (2020). Dietary intake, beliefs, and barriers in a cohort of law enforcement personnel undergoing training. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Schram, B., Orr, R. & Canetti, E. (2020). A profile of ankle Injuries in australian army soldiers. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Schram, B., Orr, R. & Canetti, E. (2020). Changes in training load in army basic training over an eight year period. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. O’Shea, S., Pope, R., Orr, R. & Freire, K. (2020). Genitourinary health in female military personnel: An exploration of prevalence and occupational performance. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Canetti, E., Orr, R., Schram, B., Chapman, C., Kornhauser, C., Holmes, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). Physiological impact of stress inoculation training in police cadets and its relationship to physical fitness. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Dulla, J., Schram, B., Orr, R., Lockie, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). Profiling injuries sustained by law enforcement drill instructors. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Dulla, J., Schram, B., Orr, R., Lockie, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). Physical abilities related to peace-keeping and domestic security efforts. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Lockie, R., Moreno, M., Ducheny, S., Orr, R., Dawes, J. & Balfany, K. (2020). A pilot analysis of emerging surface electromyography wearable technology: Training load demands, muscle ratios, and sex differences in the casualty drag. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada. 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Schram, B., Robinson, J., Orr, R. & Canetti, E. (2020). The physiological effects of a five-day specialist police tactical team selection course. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Schram, B., Robinson, J., Orr, R. & Canetti, E. (2020). Survival of the fittest in a specialist tactical police selection course. Poster presented at: 5th International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, Quebec City, Canada, 11-14 February 2020.
  1. Lockie, R.G., Moreno, M.R., McGuire, M.B., Ruvalcaba, T.J., Bloodgood, A.M., Dulla, J.M., Orr, R.M. & Dawes, J.J. (2020). We need you: Influence of hiring demand and modified applicant testing on the physical fitness of deputy sheriff recruits. 43rd National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, USA, 8 – 11 July 2020.
  1. Lockie, R.G., Moreno, M.R., McGuire, M.B., Ruvalcaba, T.J., Bloodgood, A.M., Dulla, J.M., Orr, R.M. & Dawes, J.J. (2020). Strong arm (and legs) of the law: Relationships between isometric strength and the body drag in incoming deputy sheriff recruits. 43rd National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, USA, 8 – 11 July 2020.

 

Specialty Presentations:

  1. Orr, R. (2020). Tactical load carriage. Invited talk for 2020 Tactical Life Webinar, 21 April 2020.

 2. Orr, R. (2020). The warrior mindset. Oral presentation for Burleigh Barracudas at Burleigh SLSC, 8 January 2020.

 

Magazines/Journal Articles:

  1. Orr, R., Dulla, J., Schram, B. & Canetti, E. (2020). Focus on officer wellness: Police officer load carriage requirements. Police Chief, April 2020, Vol 87, No 4.
  1. Dulla, J., Orr, R., Lockie, R. & Dawes, J. (2020). Focus on officer wellness: Physical demands of patrol. Police Chief, March 2020, Vol 87, No 3.
  1. Orr, R. (2020). The different types of fitness tests in law enforcement. Police Chief, January 2020, Vol 87, No. 1.

 

Media Coverage:

  1. Veteran's research for Diggers wins top prize - October 2020

Ben Schram & Gulasekaran Rajaguru

Impact News Service, India.

 

  1. How backpacks and even purses ruin posture and cause pain - September 2020

Rob Orr

Elemental: https://elemental.medium.com/how-backpacks-and-even-purses-ruin-posture-and-cause-pain-a8539fd374a0

 

  1. Focus on officer wellness: Understanding the physical wellness of female recruits - May 2020

Ben Schram, Rob Orr, Elisa Canetti & Joe Dulla

Police Chief: https://www.policechiefmagazine.org/fow-understanding-the-physical-wellness-of-female-recruits/

 

  1. Focus on officer wellness: Physical demands of patrol - March 2020

Rob Orr

Police Chief: https://www.policechiefmagazine.org/focus-on-officer-wellness-physical-demands-of-patrol/

 

  1. What does the future of apparel look like for our war fighters? - January 2020.

Behind the scenes EP:1. Jason Semple, Legear division manager, interviews Dr Rob Orr of the Bond University Tactical Research Unit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc06BQKUNZw&feature=youtu.be

 

TRU 2020 Annual Report
May 12, 2021

TRU 2020 Annual Report

Posted: May 12, 2021

The Tactical Research Unit 2020 Annual Report is now available. Please enjoy taking an in-depth look into what last year looked like for the team.

The most notable highlight for 2020 was the conversion of the TRU from a research unit to a faculty research centre nested within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine. Funding success in 2020 saw the TRU afforded the opportunity to expand to include two post-doctoral research fellows and additional casual administration support. 

Noting the impact of COVID-19 on research opportunities (e.g., the redirection of tactical agencies’ priorities), the TRU continued to have success in small and large funding opportunities including a major tender success with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and a third funding opportunity from Australian Defence Apparel. In an ever-discerning field, the TRU were fortunate enough to continue to grow their network of industry partners, academic institutions, and government organisations, both nationally and internationally. 

A high research output was maintained with notable success in translation of research to real-world impact across law enforcement, defence and fire and rescue. Recognition of the TRU’s 2020 achievements saw both Dr Rob Orr and Dr Ben Schram recipients of VC’s Research Excellence Awards. 
While 2020 did present with notable challenges, the TRU had a highly productive and impactful year due largely to the acknowledged support of key staff from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, and Office of Research Services.

TRU Prospectus Update
May 11, 2021
TRU Prospectus Update
May 11, 2021

Please take a look at the updated Tactical Research Unit…

TRU Prospectus Update

Posted: May 11, 2021

Please take a look at the updated Tactical Research Unit Prospectus for insight into who we are and what we do.

For more information, please contact us on: tru [at] bond.edu.au

New article alert!
Apr 12, 2020
New article alert!
Apr 12, 2020

Association of Sex-Related Differences in Body Composition to Change of Direction Speed in Police Officers While Carrying Load

ABSTRACT:

Association of Sex-Related Differences in Body Composition to Change of Direction Speed in Police Officers While…

New article alert!

Posted: Apr 12, 2020

Association of Sex-Related Differences in Body Composition to Change of Direction Speed in Police Officers While Carrying Load

ABSTRACT:

Regardless of sex or body size, police tasks may require officers to change direction speed (CODS) under occupational loads. The purpose of this study was to investigate body composition and CODS in female and male police cadets in both unloaded and occupationally loaded conditions. Body composition and CODS of 51 female (FPC) and 70 male police cadets (MPC) were assessed. Six body composition indices were used: Body mass index (BMI), percent body fat (PBF), percent of skeletal muscle mass (PSMM), protein fat index (PFI), index of hypokinesia (IH), and skeletal muscle mass index (SMMI). The CODS was assessed by Illinois Agility Test (IAT) and IAT while carrying a 10-kg load (LIAT). An independent sample t-test was used to identify the differences between the sexes. The regression determined associations between body composition and LIAT. The alpha level was set at p < 0.05 a priori. MPC had significantly higher (p < 0.001) BMI, PSMM, PFI and SMMI and lower PBF and IH than FPC. MPC were also faster in IAT and LIAT, carrying lower relative loads that imparted less of an impact on CODS performance. Body composition was strongly associated with the time to complete LIAT (R2 = 0.671, p < 0.001). Difference in relative load and body composition influenced CODS performance in both unloaded and loaded conditions. Thus, optimizing body composition through increasing skeletal muscle mass and reducing fat mass could positively influence unloaded and loaded CODS performance and improve elements of police task performance.

 

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