4th International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance 28 November - 1 December 2017
Melbourne Australia

Program - Friday 1 December 2017

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Friday 1 December 2017

08.00 Registration Open
  Room 105/106
08.30-09.30 Invited keynote: Heikki Kyrolainen, Finland Optimising physical training adaptations and military performance
09.30-10.30 Invited keynote: Thor Besier, New Zealand The application of wearable technologies in the military context
10.30-11.00 Morning tea
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Featured Science Session 21 - Performance nutrition: an international perspective

Session chair: James McClung, USA

Featured Science Session 19 - Ergonomics assessment methods of soldier protective equipment

Session chair: Alistair Furnell, Australia

Featured Science Session 18 - Military applications of wearable physiological monitoring – from concept to implementation

Session chair: Karl Friedl, USA and Bertil Veenstra, The Netherlands

Featured Science Session 17 - Predicting injuries in the military: what works, what doesn't, and does it even matter?

Session chair: Deydre Teyhen, USA


Nutritional habits among Israeli Defense Forces soldiers Ran Yanovich, Israel

Performance nutrition: the New Zealand Defence Force perspective Nicola Martin, New Zealand

Sustainable, healthy and performance nutrition: a Norwegian approach on how to sustain the warfighter in cold climate Pål Harald Stenberg, Norway

Australian investigations of warfighter nutritional requirements and strategies to optimize nutritional intake and performance Bradley Baker, Australia

Determining the maximum acceptable length of a hard ballistic plate Alistair Furnell, Australia

Benefits from the inclusion of users and application of a systems-approach during the methodology development for ergonomic assessments of soldier protective equipment Sheena Davis, Australia

Encumbered warfighter range of motion measurement reliability Thomas Karakolis, Canada

Understanding the trade-offs between protection, performance and integrated survivability Linda Bossi, Canada

Agile usability product design assessment of warfighter worn robotics Blake Mitchell, USA

The comfort, acceptability and accuracy of energy expenditure estimation from wearable ambulatory physical activity monitoring systems in soldiers Thomas Wyss, Switzerland

Microsleep and alertness monitoring in French Air Force long haul pilots Mounir Chennaoui, France

Physiological monitoring during multi-day Norwegian ski patrols in the arctic Hilde Teien, Norway

Development of an integrated physiological monitoring system for the Royal Netherlands Army – monitoring the load carriage workload component Bertil Veenstra, The Netherlands

Mobility and Biomechanics Inserts for Load Evaluation (MoBILE): measuring load and terrain based gait changes Joe Lacirignola, USA

Implementation of physiological status monitoring in Weapons of Mass Destruction – Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) to enhance performance and ensure safety of soldiers William Tharion, USA

Musculoskeletal injury - when do we start eating the elephant in the room? Deydre Teyhen, USA

Predicting injuries: are we using the appropriate statistical approach? Phil Newman, Australia

Should musculoskeletal injury prevention interventions target personal and/or organizational factors? Andreas Monnier, Sweden

Primary prevention: global prevention for all, and total force fitness Sarah de la Motte, USA

Are we trying to prevent injuries or prevent disability? why it matters Daniel Rhon, USA


Featured Science Session 22 - Physiology in practice: utilising physiological markers to risk-manage work in the heat

Session chair: Andrew Hunt, Australia and Mark Buller, USA

Featured Science Session 20 - Harnessing physical performance to build a better weapon and improve marksmanship

Session chair: Jemma Coleman, Australia


Using real-time physiological monitoring to enable training adjustments to avoid heat illness Simon Delves, UK

Using physiological markers in real-time as individualized indicators of thermal-work strain Mark Buller, USA

Strengths and weakness of population based guidance for work in the heat Andrew Hunt, Australia

Integrative strategies to optimize metabolic performance in the heat Karl Friedl, USA

Shooting performance as a function of weapon-ammunition configuration: design, weight distribution and recoil energy Frank Morelli, USA

User-based validation of future assault rifle mass properties Linda Bossi, Canada

Controlled Every Soldier A Rifleman (CESAR) Olaf Binsch, The Netherlands

Tactical shooting performance: effects of physical and cognitive loads Brian Higginson, USA

13.00-14.00 Lunch and Poster Session 3
  • Impact of nootropic supplementation on measures of marksmanship performance in active duty soldiers Dr Nick Barringer
  • Effect of load carriage with aerobic-based tasks interspersed with high-intensity bursts of tasks on lethality capability Dr Ji Zheng Ma
  • Caloric estimate of SEAL delivery vehicle operators during unit level training Dr Karen Kelly
  • A 3-dimensional biomechanical analysis of British Army foot-drill in untrained personnel: Implications for lower-extremity injury risk Mr Alex Rawcliffe
  • Muscle fatigue indicators during paced live-fire shooting with and without a body armor-integrated prototype weapon mount Dr Courtney Haynes
  • The effect of suspension training systems on muscle recruitment during two types of dynamic exercises Professor Damien Van Tiggelen
  • The sex gap in simulated Royal Navy manual handling tasks is reduced in relation to isometric strength scores Dr Piete Brown
  • A job task analysis of casualty drags performed within ground close combat roles in the UK Armed Forces Miss Tessa Flood
  • Top five critical combat tasks identified by combat veterans Mr Cale Hepler
  • Differences between US Army and Marines in self-reported combat-relevant physically demanding tasks Mr Jesse Stein
  • Circulating miRNAs as skeletal muscle fiber-type specific biomarkers Professor Nathalie Koulmann
  • A physical demands analysis to establish critical physical tasks for US Air Force explosive ordnance disposal and battlefield airmen occupations Mr Matthew Gruse
  • The multi-component training distress scale: firefighter Mr Sean Bulmer
  • Lessons learnt from Australian Defence Force trial of live physiological monitoring to improve soldier performance in both training and operational scenarios Mr Dean Dickson
  • Physical performance differences between successful and unsuccessful candidates of a Brazilian Navy special operations course Mr Bruno Terra
  • The effect of previous loaded marching experience and environmental condition on a simulated urban combat task Dr Tara Reilly
  • Prevalence and anthropometric predictors of metabolic syndrome in the Brazilian military Dr Eduardo Borba Neves
  • Deep, short sleep naps in occupational settings using relaxation techniques Ms Eden Debellemaniere
  • Glomerular Filtration Range (eGFR) and hematological changes during 2012 Comandos Special Operations Course Mr Nilton Gomes Rolim Filfo
  • Wearer comfort and performance of the Dendra panoply during simulated Trojan war combat fighting Mr Stavros Petmezas
  • Atraumatic lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries and running in U.S. Army rotational units in South Korea Mr Brandon Carius
  • Effects of whole body vibration exercise on handgrip strength and muscular activity of flexor digitorum superficialis on soldiers from the Brazilian Army Ms Danielle Morel
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  Free Communication Session 16 - Occupational performance and testing 2 Free Communication Session 15 - Nutritional considerations Free Communication Session 14 - Lower limb injuries

Featured Science Session 23 - Reducing the burden on the dismounted soldier

Session chair: Nicola Armstrong, UK

14.00-14.15 Mechanical whole-body vibration during military vehicle transit and lower limb explosive power Thomas Debenedictis, Australia Changes in iron status of British Army Recruits in basic military training Sarah Jackson, UK Quantifying tibial shock during military foot drill training Rachel Izard, UK

Characterizing the loads of NATO soldiers Linda Bossi, The Netherlands

Factors influencing soldier burden: more than just load Paul Sanderson, UK

Technological solutions for mitigating against physical burden effects on soldier performance Angela Boynton, USA

Framework for load carriage burden reduction Dan Billing, Australia

14.15-14.30 A job task analysis of a parachuting training exercise conducted by the British Army parachute regiment Julianne Doherty, UK Iron status and associations with aerobic performance and stress fracture risk during initial military training Nicola Martin, New Zealand Changes in balance and lower limb muscle activity after one year of military boot wear Jacques Rousseau, New Zealand
14.30-14.45 Criterion task work rates in Royal Australian Air Force personnel do not align with the acceptable work rate determined using the Bookmark method Adam Hayes, Australia Physical activity and energy homeostasis during a nine-week training program in the Dutch Special Forces unit Gerard Rietjens, The Netherlands Predicting Individual risk for medial tibial stress syndrome in Navy recruits Cameron Garnock, Australia
14.45-15.00 Physical fitness and physical activity in Norwegian Home Guard soldiers Anders Aandstad, Norway Increased autophagy signalling but not proteasome activity in human skeletal muscle after prolonged low-intensity exercise with negative energy balance Mikael Mattsson, Sweden Past methylphenidate exposure and stress fractures in combat soldiers: a case-control study Ran Yanovich, Israel
15.00-15.15 Apprehension of a suspect: how important is muscular strength? Kent Delbridge, Australia Water intake after dehydration makes muscles more susceptible to cramp Kazunori Nosaka, Australia Relationship between increases in vest-borne loads and increases in tibial loads: Potential impact on stress fracture risk Nathaniel Smith, USA
15.15-15.30   Extension of physical endurance and protection against physical, chemical and radiological trauma by NAD+ precursors Lindsay Wu, Australia  
15.30-16.00 Afternoon tea
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16.00-17.00 Thematic Oral Poster Session 8 - load carriage 2 Thematic Oral Poster Session 9 - Marksmanship Free Communication Session 17 - Occupational performance and testing 3
  Biomechanical, physiologic, and mobility performance changes during prolonged load carriage Angela Boynton, USA The effect of about-turn direction on marksmanship kinematics Jemma Coleman, Australia Basic Military Fitness Tool (BMFT): a reliable field uniform-test for performance prediction of strength-related common military tasks Ulrich Rohde, Germany
  Influence of armored vest sizing on markers of vest movement and sprint performance Daniel Heil, USA Effect of rifle firing position on upper body muscle activity in U.S. Marines during simulated 100-yard marksmanship tasks Trevor Viboch, USA Manual handling task demands across the Australian Army Greg Carstairs, Australia
  Do weak postural muscles contribute to pain when wearing body armour? Tracy Carroll, Australia Head and rifle kinematics of rifle shooting in U.S. Marines Aaron Wolf, USA The Danish Armed Forces basic physical test – evaluation and development Henriette Albinus Hasselstrøm, Denmark
  Assessment of pressure distribution and comfort from systematic load redistribution on the torso Leif Hasselquist, USA Effects of loaded march on marksmanship performance Tong Lee, Singapore The association between weight status and fitness test results in British Army personnel Paul Sanderson, UK
  The effects of load configuration, mass, and movement speed on biomechanical risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries Gavin Lenton, Australia A preliminary look at muscle activity in a sustained-hold rifle aiming activity Jemma Coleman, Australia  
  Spatiotemporal and lower body kinematic differences between normal walking and walking while holding weapon aim Courtney Webster, USA Effect of a mechanical small-arms support system on pre-shot jitter: a pilot study Andrew Tweedell, USA  
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17.00-18.00 Resilience Roundtable - Moderator: Brad Nindl, USA Hilde Kristin, Norway
Samuele Marcora, United Kingdom
Dan Billing, Australia
Tara Reilly, Canada
Herb Groeller, Australia
Jace Drain, Australia
Andrew Young, United States
Nigel Taylor, Australia
Harry Moffitt, Australia
Karl Frield, United States

Networking Function Meat Market - 53 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf

Featured speaker: CPL Mark Donaldson, VC
Presentation of awards
Official handover to the next ICSPP series host

The program is subject to change.