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

Program - Tuesday 28 November 2017

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

07.00 Registration Open
  Room 105/106
08.15-09.00 Congress Opening Indigenous Official Welcome to Country
Opening Remarks Dr Ian Dagley
Scientific Program and House Keeping Congress Chairs – Dr Dan Billing and Dr Jace Drain
Invited keynote MAJGEN Simone Wilkie
09.00-10.00 Invited keynote: Bruce Jones, USA Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention in the U.S. Army: Evolution of the Science and Public Health Process
10.00-10.30 Morning tea
  Room 105 Room 106

Featured Science Session 1 - Load carriage for the warfighter and tactical athlete: strategies for load carriage optimization

Session chair: Chris Connaboy, USA

Featured Science Session 2 - Occupational and operational physical tests and standards for the military - international status and lessons learned

Session chair: Deborah Gebhardt, USA


A review of the literature on the effect of load carriage on exercise induced muscle damage and potential links to musculoskeletal injury risk mitigation Sam Blacker, UK

Efficacy of unilateral strength training for enhancing load carriage performance Chris Connaboy, USA

Methodologies for assessing the effects of soldier load on biomechanical, physical and cognitive performance Leif Hasselquist, USA

Duty loads carried by the LA sheriff's department officers Joe Dulla, USA

Australian tactical loads and their operational impacts Robin Orr, Australia

Development of criterion measure task simulations for physically demanding tasks Peter Frykman, USA

Physical tests and standards from selection through training to operations Neal Baumgartner, USA

Physical employment standards developed for the Armed Forces - a summary of the international status Sam Blacker, UK

Pre-enlistment physical employment standards screening of US Army recruits Marilyn Sharp, USA

Physical employment standards - more than a set of discrete tests Jace Drain, Australia

A new physical employment standard for the Canadian Armed forces, 3 years later: a reflection on implementation and reporting challenges Tara Reilly, Canada

12.30-13.30 Lunch
  Room 103 Room 104 Room 105 Room 106

Featured Science Session 3 - Physical fitness trends in soldiers – implications for recruitment and combat readiness

Session chair: Jani Vaara, Finland

Featured Science Session 5 - Sleep optimization to prevent sleep loss

Session chair: Fabien Sauvet, France

Free Communication Session 1 - Injury prevention 1

Featured Science Session 4 - Gender integration is just an application of human variability: biological aspects of gender integration on military performance

Session chair: Matthew Tenan, USA


Physical fitness of German Soldiers 2010-2015 Dieter Leyk, Germany

Secular trends in the physical fitness of United States Army recruits, 1975-2013 Joseph Knapik, USA

Physical fitness trends in Finnish male conscripts between 1975 and 2015 and female recruits during 2005-2015 Matti Santtila, Finland

Physical activity and physical fitness trends in Finnish reservists during 2003-2015 Jani Vaara, Finland

Impact of work and rest schedules on performance and mood in members of the US military Nita Lewis Shattuck, USA

A comparison of alternative work and rest schedules on Canadian patrol frigates and their impact on sleep, mood and neurobehavioural performance Wendy Sullivan-Kwantes, Canada

Performance during unplanned night time awakenings and following disrupted sleep Rachel Markwald, USA

Differential benefits of sleep extension on sustained attention and executive processes during and after an acute total sleep deprivation Arnaud Rabat, France

Benefits of sleep extension on hormonal and immune-inflammatory responses during an acute sleep deprivation Fabien Sauvet, France

Upgrading naps in occupational settings: lengthening and deepening sleep naps with hypnotic suggestions Eden Debellemaniere, France

The association of prospective upper extremity musculoskeletal injuries with body composition and physiological measures in Special Operation Forces Kim Beals, USA

Sex hormones and the nervous system, do they matter for physical performance? Matthew Tenan, USA

Effect of female sex hormones on muscle function and resistance training regimens Xanne Janse de Jonge, Australia

Oral contraceptive use and adaptations to exercise training Mia Schaumberg, Australia

Metabolic responses to exercise in male and female Warfighters: implications on operational nutrition Stefan Pasiakos, USA

Sex differences in thermoregulation; implications for physical performance Thomas O'Leary, UK

13.45-14.00 Low back pain in the Marine training course: a study of incidence, risk factors and occupational physical activity Andreas Monnier, Sweden
14.00-14.15 Evaluation of physical screening tests for military recruits – a prospective cohort study Chen Fleischmann, Israel
14.15-14.30 Upper limb musculoskeletal overuse injuries among female soldiers working with dogs Ran Yanovich, Israel
14.30-14.45 Musculoskeletal, physiological, and balance characteristics associated with prospective lower extremity injury type in Special Operations Forces Meleesa Wohleber, USA
14.45-15.00 Injury risk in staff cadets is associated with performance in the Army basic fitness assessment and with gender Jeremy Witchalls, Australia
15.00-15.30 Afternoon tea
  Room 103 Room 104 Room 105/106  
15.30-16.30 Thematic Oral Poster Session 1 - Injury prevention Thematic Oral Poster Session 2 - Health and physical training Free Communication Session 2 - Occupational performance and testing 1  
  The effect of hormonal contraceptive use on tibial adaptations to arduous training Rachel Izard, UK Royal New Zealand Navy nutrition, health and wellbeing intervention Helen Kilding, New Zealand Influence of neuromuscular factors and body composition on anaerobic simulated warfighter task performance Tommi Ojanen, Finland
  Injury risk in specific body regions is associated with performance in the Army basic fitness assessment in Army staff cadets Jeremy Witchalls, Australia The Swedish version of the human performance programme concerning musculoskeletal health: optimize the training Helena Larsson, Sweden Baseline soldier physical readiness requirements study Whitfield East, USA
  Changes in lower limb strength and ankle joint range of movement after one year of military boot wear Jacques Rousseau, New Zealand Analysis of the physical demand of the RNZN basic common training course – implications for recruitment, preparation and course delivery Adam Dooley, New Zealand Estimation of military training demand from a wrist-worn activity monitor and the potential impact of activity level on improvement of aerobic fitness Andrew Siddall, UK
  Musculoskeletal complaints and injuries, perceived health and work ability in Swedish peacekeeping soldiers preparing for a mission in Mali – a pilot study Alexandra Halvarsson, Sweden Defining athletic training in a military setting: a survey investigation into profession characteristics of working with tactical athletes Kara Radzak, USA Physical fitness and body composition of Estonian active servicemen Leila Oja, Estonia
  Dynamic Movement Assessment™ as an injury prediction tool in Brazilian Navy cadets: a cohort study Priscila Bunn, Brazil Training and motives of 50-65 year old male sport newcomers: results of a nationwide survey of endurance runners Dieter Leyk, Germany  
  Musculoskeletal, balance, biomechanical, and physiological predictors of shoulder injury in Special Operations Forces Kim Beals, USA The effects of kick-box training based group fitness on cardiovascular and neuromuscular function in male non-athletes Fatih Senduran, Turkey  
  Room 105/106
16.30-17.30 Invited keynote: Samuele Marcora, UK Limits to exercise tolerance in humans - mind over muscle?
17.30-19.00 Welcome Reception MCEC Level 1 Foyer
Informal evening with roving Aussie animals

The program is subject to change.