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Body Mass Bias Mitigation for Females in Military Physical Readiness Testing through Load Carriage Implementation

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Date Issued:
2015
Abstract/Description:
The US Military requires specific fitness testing, known as the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), for its members to determine their overall fitness levels. The test currently being used has been shown to have bias towards heavier mass individuals of up to 20%. Prior research has been completed and several recommendations have been made to eliminate mass bias, but this has been conducted almost exclusively on males. There is very little data and research on military physical fitness testing for women besides combat specific evolution exercises. A possibility exists to eliminate the bias for females through implementing load carriage during PRT events. A specified load is to be placed on women while performing the PRT and compared to a non-loaded control test. The results should show if the load carriage devised has a beneficial effect on current testing methods through eliminating the mass bias for women.
Title: Body Mass Bias Mitigation for Females in Military Physical Readiness Testing through Load Carriage Implementation.
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Name(s): Yeaton, Aaron, Author
McCauley, Pamela, Committee Chair
Rabelo, Luis, Committee Member
Lee, Gene, Committee Member
Cummings, Nancy, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The US Military requires specific fitness testing, known as the Physical Readiness Test (PRT), for its members to determine their overall fitness levels. The test currently being used has been shown to have bias towards heavier mass individuals of up to 20%. Prior research has been completed and several recommendations have been made to eliminate mass bias, but this has been conducted almost exclusively on males. There is very little data and research on military physical fitness testing for women besides combat specific evolution exercises. A possibility exists to eliminate the bias for females through implementing load carriage during PRT events. A specified load is to be placed on women while performing the PRT and compared to a non-loaded control test. The results should show if the load carriage devised has a beneficial effect on current testing methods through eliminating the mass bias for women.
Identifier: CFE0006020 (IID), ucf:51009 (fedora)
Note(s): 2015-12-01
Ph.D.
Engineering and Computer Science, Industrial Engineering and Management Systems
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Military -- Fitness -- PRT -- Navy -- Mass bias
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0006020
Restrictions on Access: public 2015-12-15
Host Institution: UCF

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