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

Program - Thursday 30 November 2017

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Thursday 30 November 2017

08.00 Registration Open
  Room 105/106
08.30-09.30 Invited keynote: Louise Burke, Australia The low-carb high-fat diet: updates on sports performance and applications to the military
09.30-10.30 Invited keynote: Maria Fiatorone Singh, Australia Resistance training, it's a no brainer….
10.30-11.00 Morning tea
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Featured Science Session 13 - Injuries and injury surveillance systems in military and other tactical occupations

Session chair: Rob Orr, Australia

Featured Science Session 12 - Fitness, training, cognitive and hormonal characteristics associated with musculoskeletal injury and physical performance in Special Operation Forces - an international perspective

Session chair: Kim Beals, USA

Featured Science Session 11 - Sex-specific considerations in stress fracture risk of military personnel

Session chair: Karl Friedl, USA

Featured Science Session 10 - Metabolic fuelling for performance and recovery during high altitude combat operations

Session chair: Stefan Pasiakos, USA


Injuries suffered by Australian Army recruits completing basic training Ben Schram, Australia

Evaluation of musculoskeletal injury trends in United States initial entry Soldiers Jo Ellen Sefton, USA

Injuries suffered by an Australian State Police Force Michael Stierli, Australia

Contributing factors to structural firefighter injury Kaitlin McGinnis, USA

The association of physical training with musculoskeletal injuries in US Special Operation Forces Kim Beals, USA

Special operations mental agility training for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Paige Mattie, Canada

Changes in body composition, power and hormonal status during and after a prisoner of war exercise in Norwegian Navy Special Operations Command (NORNAVSOC) recruits Paul Andre Solberg, Norway

Stress and determinants of shooting performance among Norwegian Navy Special Forces Operators Jan Erik Buskerud, Norway

Sex differences in skeletal adaptation to mechanical loading: implications for stress fracture risk Rachel Izard, UK

The incidence and risk factors for stress fractures and other injuries among U.S. Army trainees Bruce Jones, USA

Risk of lower extremity stress fracture with commonly prescribed drugs in female warfighters Julie Hughes, USA

Iron: an essential nutrient for warfighter performance James McClung, USA

Role of insulin-like growth factor-I in stress fracture risk Brad Nindl, USA

Intervention program to lower overuse injuries among women warfighters Ran Yanovich, Israel

Physiological effects of hypoxia on Warfighters conducting high-altitude operations Andrew Young, USA

Nutritional countermeasures to skeletal muscle loss during high-altitude operations Stefan Pasiakos, USA

Appetite and diet composition at high altitude Philip Karl, USA

Effects of carbohydrate supplementation during aerobic exercise and altitude acclimatization on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation and performance Robert Kenefick, USA

  Free Communication Session 11 - load carriage 2 Free Communication Session 10 - Injury prevention 2
12.00-12.15 Physiological factors of importance for load carriage Mikael Mattsson, Sweden Utility of incident and injury surveillance systems for incident and injury risk management in tactical populations Rod Pope, Australia
12.15-12.30 The effects of increasing thoracic load carriage, using a backpack and body-armour ensemble, on peak aerobic power and exercise tolerance Lachlan Hingley, Australia Embedded physiological monitoring programme to reduce injury rates David Edgar, New Zealand
12.30-12.45 Vertical ground reaction forces and sagittal plane ankle kinetics during stair ascent and descent as a function of load carried Harrison Crowell, USA Does low aerobic performance increase musculoskeletal injury risk in the military? a systematic review with meta-analysis Jeremy Witchalls, Australia
12.45-13.00 Lower-limb joint work and power are modulated differently during load carriage based on speed and load configuration Gavin Lenton, Australia  
13.00-13.15 The soldier's load: how much is enough? Stephen Rudzki, Australia  
13.00-14.00 Lunch and Poster Session 2
  • Comparing the ability of two different batteries of physical performance tests to predict occupational task performance Mr Peter Frykman
  • Physical activity of soldiers during a military field exercise Mr Tommi Ojanen
  • Physical demands of a boarding operations training exercise conducted by the Royal Marines Dr Ella Walker
  • The energetic consequences of wearing a belt-supported armored vest during overground hiking Professor Dan Heil
  • Training load, stress tolerance and upper respiratory tract infection in Brazilian Navy combat divers special operations course Mr Allan Inoue
  • Association between musculoskeletal symptoms and possible risk factors in Brazilian Navy high school students Miss Priscila Bunn
  • The relationship between anthropometric measures and common occupational task performance of female soldiers Dr Jan Redmond
  • Static versus dynamic marksmanship task: a performance assessment comparison Mrs Stephanie Brown
  • USAF occupationally specific, operationally relevant physical fitness tests and standards: test-retest reliability Mr Justin Cupples
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries in sergeants training courses from Brazil and Colombia Dr Eduardo Borba Neves
  • The relationship between physical fitness and military operational obstacle course performance times Ms K. Blake Mitchell
  • Evaluation of a pilot community-based pre-conditioning program for female Army recruits Dr Jace Drain
  • Analysis of competitive performance in obstacle run of military pentathlon through biomechanics Marco Baptista
  • Markerless biomechanics analysis for optimization of soldier physical performance Mr Kase Saylor
  • The development of a test for a strength-based criterion Royal Australian Air Force tent lift task Mr Kent Delbridge
  • The quantification of the individual contribution required to perform a Royal Australian Navy casualty firehose lift Mr Angus Pike
  • The selection of generic or task-related physical employment tests for the Royal Australian Air Force Mr Adam Hayes
  • The acute effect of cadence on the maximum number of repetitions in the push-up test Antonio Valente
  • Acute effects of a 500 meter combat swimming time-trial on balance, ankle range of motion, strength, pain and exertion in novice performers Ms Anne Beethe
  • Dehydration does not impair motor performance or motor learning in military and civilian participants Mr Stephen Goodman
  • Special Forces (SF) soldiers training: a pre-emptive approach to stress management using Emotional Intelligence (EI) Ms Jemma King
  • Are there differences between men and women or limb dominance during physical performance tests in healthy Navy cadets? Mr Thiago Lopes
  • Screening aviators - can we include movement control tests? Mr Matthias Tegern
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  Free Communication Session 12 - Sleep and recovery

Featured Science Session 16 - Wearable assistive devices for dismounted soldiers

Session chair: Angela Boynton, USA

Featured Science Session 15 - Physical performance in soldiers at environmental extremes: responses and adaptations

Session chair: Julien Périard, Australia

Featured Science Session 14 - Non-pharmacological military performance enhancement technologies

Session chair: Karl Friedl and Mark Buller, USA

14.00-14.15 Efficacy of THN102, a new combination between modafinil and flecainide low-dose, during total sleep deprivation in healthy subjects: a double-blind, randomized, placebo and modafinil controlled study Fabien Sauvet, France

Viability of using a wearable assistive device to reduce soldier burden Thomas Karakolis, Canada

Powered lower limb soft exosuit to reduce energy cost during load carriage Angela Boynton, USA

Passive exoskeleton to transfer backpack mass to the ground Kurt Mudie, Australia

Effect of a load distribution system on mobility and performance during simulated and field hiking while under load Karen Kelly, USA

Mitigating load carriage burden – the Dynamic Weight Distribution (DWD) hip belt Yoram Epstein, Israel

Wearable energy harvesting technologies: physiological cost and operational readiness Courtney Haynes, USA

Relationship between metabolic cost and power output with a prototype energy harvesting assault pack Courtney Haynes, USA

Mitigating the impact of cold air exposure on soldier wellbeing and performance Jay Ollie, Australia

Heat stress and the modern day solider: can we prevent heat illness? Julien Périard, Australia

Altitude: friend or foe? Laura Garvican-Lewis, Australia

Challenges and opportunities of aquatic environments for healthy and injured soldiers Jim Cotter, New Zealand

A novel individual heat acclimatisation dosimeter concept Simon Delves, UK

Physiologically-based real-time pacing algorithms Mark Buller, USA

Subject-specific prediction of body core temperature using nonlinear population modelling Kok-Yong Seng, Singapore

Predicting individual risk of altitude illness using real-time monitoring of accumulated hypoxic debt Beth Beidleman, USA

Auditory closed-loop stimulation to enhance sleep quality Pierrick Arnal, France

14.15-14.30 Effective soldier's recovery and dynamic sleep: objective method for evaluating transient sleeping environments Olga Troynikov, Australia
14.30-14.45 Analysis of work-rest profiles, fatigue and performance during an ANZAC class frigate cruising watch Helen Kilding, New Zealand
14.45-15.00 Secular trends in insomnia and associations with deployment and combat exposure in the entire population of US Army Soldiers, 1997-2011 Joseph Knapik, USA
15.30-16.00 Afternoon tea
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16.00-17.00 Thematic Oral Poster Session 6 - Psychological and cognitive considerations Thematic Oral Poster Session 7 - Occupational performance and testing 2 Free Communication Session 13 - Impact of deployment and combat exposure
  Self-reported combat-related symptom scores change after witnessing a teammate's improvement following stellate ganglion block for post-traumatic stress symptoms James Lynch, USA A fitness assessment for the Canadian Army - FORCE combat Tara Reilly, Canada The physical demands of military operators during a 4 month peace keeping mission in Mali Gerard Rietjens, The Netherlands
  Using a controlled virtual reality simulation platform to induce, measure and feedback stress responses of soldiers Olaf Binsch, The Netherlands A physical employment standard for the Royal Air Force Regiment James Treweek, UK The Shared Motorised Military Land Transit Experiences of Australian Defence Force Infantry Personnel Thomas Debenedictis, Australia
  A preliminary study of the effects of load carriage on cognition during a simulated military task in male and female soldiers Nicola Armstrong, UK USAF occupationally specific, operationally relevant physical fitness tests and standards: effects of mission and environmental stressors Neal Baumgartner, USA Disease and non-battle injuries (DNBI) in austere environments: lessons learned, for the DoD Role I, from CL Garoua, Cameroon, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF/SPMAGTAF) Paul Auchincloss, USA
  Effects of military survival training on Brazilian Air Force soldiers' cognitive function Patricia Paiva, Brazil A comparison of the metabolic demands of Royal Australian Navy criterion tasks to other physically demanding occupations Catriona Burdon, Australia The impact of a military training and operational deployment on health and performance measures in submariners of the Royal Netherlands Navy Pieter Helmhout, The Netherlands
  Tactics to Optimize the Potential (TOP) program for French military forces Laurent Rocco, France A novel method for estimating pull forces during a casualty extraction task Kane Middleton, Australia  
  Mental fatigue influences subsequent marksmanship decision James Head, USA    
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Results from an International Survey - Critical Research "Gaps/Needs/Priorities" pertaining to Soldiers' Physical Performance Marilyn Sharp, USA

Interactive Case Study – Dismounted Soldier Performance Assessment: Going Beyond the Individual Graham Fordy, New Zealand

The program is subject to change.