Talking load carriage with ADA
Dr Rob Orr talks military load carriage into the future with Jason Semple from ADA
The International Association of Chiefs of Police conference
The IACP conference, which has been running for 126 years was attended by around 20,000 delegates, had over 660 exhibitors and was addressed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Dr Orr showcased the work conducted by the TRU on fitness assessments and testing, together with TRU collaborators Dr Jay Dawes (Oklahoma State University and Bond Adjunct), Dr Robert Lockie (California State University-Fullerton) and LT Joe Dulla (LA Sheriff’s Department and new HDR student at Bond University) who presented the translation of this research and its impacts on local law enforcement agencies. Presenting in the International Managers of Police Academy College Training (IMPACT) stream the team are already focusing on research to inform next years conference in New Orleans in 2020 with a focus on the successful selection, training, and retention of female police officers.
Forensic Institute for Research Security and Tactics (FIRST)
Rob caught up with the infamous Rogerick Green (Manager), Sanfa Johnson (Director of Training), and Rob Kidston (Strength and Conditioning Coach) from FIRST. The FIRST team and facility are dedicated to providing world leading research and evidence based training for law enforcement and fire and rescue. The TRU are looking forward to some great collaborations.
Channel 7 News Interview
TRU research was recently showcased by Channel Seven. As can be expected there was a little bit of trepidation working with media, but Carly Madsen and the team did a great job.
The interview can be found here:
TRU Australian Tactical Medical Association
Dr Rob Orr was honoured to present at the Annual Australian Tactical Medical Association Conference in Brisbane, Australia. Dr Orr presented on load carriage requirements for tactical personnel, including both body worn loads and victim rescue.
TRU Conference Presentation
Back Off: Strong Backs From Rehabilitation to Performance
The presentation given by Dr Rob Orr at the NSCA's Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference in Texas 19 focused on optimising the strength, conditioning and reconditioning of the back for tactical personnel.
The presentation will be uploaded onto the TRU site shortly
Firefighters: Mobility and Injury Risk
Firefighters: Mobility and Injury Risk.
The team have just returned from collecting data on Firefighter mobility whilst wearing three different clothing variations (in addition to station wear) and three different boot combinations. This study will look at the risks to movement (and potential slips, trips and falls) imposed on firefighters by their clothing and aims to help industry optimise future clothing design.
New article alert!
The purpose of this review was to critically appraise articles that have investigated the association between lower-body strength and power during load carriage in tactical personnel. Literature databases were searched with specific search terms, yielding 921 articles. Additional studies found from article reference lists were also assessed for eligibility. Out of these articles, 16 met the inclusion/exclusion criteria and were critically appraised. Articles were assessed by the Downs and Black evaluation tool with inter-rater agreement determined by Cohen’s kappa and final results graded according to the Kennelly quality grading system. Of the 940 identified articles, 16 studies met the criteria for inclusion in this review. The average score of the eligible articles was 58%, considered to be of fair quality by the Kennelly grading system. The strength and volume of evidence reviewed suggests that: measures of lower-body strength and power can predict load carriage performance and appear to be important physical factors for load carriage ability, and that load carriage tasks negatively impact the performance of leg strength and power. Together these findings suggest that leg strength and power should be important considerations for tactical personnel training and assessment, as well as managing the impact of load carriage on tactical performance.