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Reducing the Risk of Injury

by Rod Pope, PhD-
TSAC Report May 2019

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This article is an overview of several studies that look into the effects of intensity and volume in the training of combat soldiers and its relation to injury.

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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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1. Bowen, L, Gross, A, Gimpel, M, and Li, F. Accumulated workloads and the acute:chronic workload ratio relate to injury risk in elite youth football players. British Journal of Sports Medicine 51: 452-459, 2017.

2. Burley, S, Drain, J, Sampson, J, Nindl, B and Groeller, H. High load and intensity but low volume: A military training regimen that improves recruit performance. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 48(5S Suppl 1): 270, 2018.

3. Groeller, H, Burley, S, Sampson, J, Nindl, B, and Drain, J. A periodised, low volume high training load regimen reduces the rate of recruit injury within basic military training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 48(5S Suppl 1): 270, 2018.

 4. Knapik, J, Bullock, S, Canada, S, Toney, E, Wells, J, Hoedebecke, E, and Jones, B. Influence of an injury reduction program on injury and fitness outcomes among soldiers. Injury Prevention 10: 37-42, 2004.

5. Knapik, J, Hauret, K, Bednarek, J, Arnold, S, Canham-Chervak, M, et al. The Victory Fitness Program: Influence of the U.S. Army’s emerging physical readiness training doctrine on fitness and injuries in basic combat training. U.S. Army Centre for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine: Aberdeen Proving Ground, 2001. Retrieved 2018 from http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/ u2/a393391.pdf.

 6. Orr, R, Knapik, J, and Pope, R. Avoiding program induced cumulative overload (PICO). Journal of Special Operations Medicine 16(2): 91-95, 2016.

7. Orr, R, and Pope, R. Optimising the physical training of military trainees. Strength and Conditioning Journal 37(4): 53-59, 2015.

 8. Pope, R. Prevention of pelvic stress fractures in female army recruits. Military Medicine 164(5): 370-373, 1999.

9. Pope, R, Firman, J, and Prigg, S. Cost savings associated with injury prevention in Army basic training. In: Book of Abstracts, Fifth International Olympic Committee World Congress, 1999

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Rod Pope is currently a Professor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University and co-leads the Tactical Research Unit headquartered at Bond Universit ...

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