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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000060
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Strength and Conditioning Strategies for Females in the Military

Sauers, Sarah E. MS, CSCS; Scofield, Dennis E. MAEd, CSCS

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ABSTRACT: MILITARY PERSONNEL ARE REQUIRED TO POSSESS A MYRIAD OF PHYSICAL CAPABILITIES THAT DRAW ON ALL FACETS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL FITNESS. THE PHYSIOLOGICAL DEMANDS OF MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL TASKS CAN POTENTIALLY CHALLENGE MULTIPLE COMPONENTS OF THE ENERGY SYSTEM CONTINUUM. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAMS FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS SHOULD BE PERIODIZED, TASK-SPECIFIC TRAINING. THIS ARTICLE WILL DISCUSS PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH REGARDING PHYSICAL RESPONSES TO VARIOUS EXERCISE STIMULI AND MILITARY MOVEMENTS, THE IMPORTANCE OF A PERIODIZED PHYSICAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR FEMALE SOLDIERS, AND SUGGEST TRAINING STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL AND MILITARY PERFORMANCE.

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