Tactical Fitness Research, 2019

by Guy Leahy, MEd, CSCS,*D
TSAC Report February 2020
Vol 55, Issue 6


This article briefly explores some current research that has important implications for improving the readiness and lethality of military personnel.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 



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2. Conkright, WR, and Barringer, ND. Energy expenditure and load carriage exceeded military recommendations in Special Operations Forces deployed to Afghanistan. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51(6): S384, 2019.

3. Leahy, GD, Crowder, TA, and Mayhew, JL. Comparison of body composition components in civilian and Air Force men and women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51(6): S274, 2019.

4. Luetkemeier, MJ, Hanisko, JM, and Aho, KM. Skin tattoos alter sweat rate and Na+ concentration. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49(7): 1432-1436, 2017.

5. Pasiakos, SM, Berryman, CE, Karl, JP, Lieberman, HR, Orr, JS, Margolis, LM, et al. Physiological and psychological effects of testosterone during severe energy deficit and recovery: A study protocol for a randomized, placebo-controlled trial for Optimizing Performance for Soldiers (OPS). Contemporary Clinical Trials 58: 47-57, 2017.

6. Rogers, E, Cox, G, Irwin, C, McCartney, D, and Desbrow, B. Skin tattoos do not affect exercise-induced sweat rate or sodium concentration. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51(6): S563, 2019.

7. Vanderburgh, PM. Occupational relevance and body mass bias in military physical fitness tests. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 40(8): 1538-1545, 2008.

8. Vanderburgh, PM, Mickley, NS, and Anloague, PA. Loadcarriage distance run and push-ups tests: No body mass bias and occupationally relevant. Military Medicine 176(9): 1032-1036, 2011.

9. Vickers, RR Jr., Reynolds, JH, and McGuire, BJ. Body mass bias in a combat fitness test. Naval Health Research Center Report 11-20: 1-46, 2011.

10. Wardle, SL, Double, RL, Gifford, RM, Wright, J, Handford, S, Venables, M, et al. Sex differences in energy balance during arduous military training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51(6): S275, 2019.

11. Wood, D, and Swain, D. The effect of body mass on physical performance in Naval Special Warfare Operators. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 51(6): S276, 2019.

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Guy Leahy is currently serving as the Health Promotion Program Coordinator at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. Leahy is a member of the Ame ...

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