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Development of the Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation, and Reconditioning Program Military Operator Readiness Assessment for the Special Forces Operator

Bear, Ray MS; Sanders, Mike MS; Pompili, Jason MS; Stucky, Lance MS; Walters, Andrew MS; Simmons, Jerry MS; Terrell, Dana DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT; Lacanilao, Paul MS; Eagle, Shawn MAT; Grier, Tyson MS; DeGroot, MAJ David PhD; Lovalekar, Mita T. PhD; Nindl, Bradley C. PhD; Kane, Col. Shawn F. MD; Depenbrock, LTC Patrick MD

Erratum

In the article that appeared on pages 55-60 of volume 38, issue number 5, an author was left out of the submission during the drafting process. The online version of this article has been corrected and reflects the addition of Dana Terrell in the author byline.

Strength & Conditioning Journal. 39(2):93, April 2017.

Strength and Conditioning Journal: December 2016 - Volume 38 - Issue 6 - p 55–60
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000258
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ABSTRACT THE AIM OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO DESCRIBE A NOVEL MILITARY UNIQUE OPERATOR READINESS ASSESSMENT (ORA). THE ORA WAS DESIGNED BY TACTICAL HUMAN OPTIMIZATION, RAPID REHABILITATION, AND RECONDITIONING PROFESSIONALS AS PART OF A RETURN-TO-DUTY PROTOCOL TO SPECIFICALLY EVALUATE THE MUSCULOSKELETAL READINESS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PREPAREDNESS OF PREVIOUSLY INJURED OPERATORS. THE ORA COMPRISES 11 TACTICALLY RELEVANT AND PHYSICALLY TAXING EVENTS COMPLETED IN ORDER WITH A 2-MINUTE REST BETWEEN EVENTS. DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPREHENSIVE RETURN-TO-DUTY PROTOCOL OF THIS NATURE IS A NECESSARY FIRST STEP FOR TACTICAL STRENGTH COACHES TO REDUCE RISK OF REINJURY TO PREVIOUSLY INJURED PERSONNEL.

1Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Program, US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina;

2Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and

3Clinical Public Health and Epidemiology Directorate, Injury Prevention Division, Army Public Health Center (Provisional), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland

Address correspondence to Shawn Eagle, seagle@pitt.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Ray Bear is the Human Performance Coordinator for 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Mike Sanders is the Human Performance Coordinator for 7 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Jason Pompili is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Lance Stucky is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Andrew Walters is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Jerry Simmons is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 3 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Dana Terrell is an Athletic Trainer Certified for 7 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Paul Lacanilao is an Athletic Trainer Certified for 7 Special Forces Group (Airborne), under US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Shawn Eagle is an Athletic Trainer and Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh's Neuromuscular Research Laboratory.

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Tyson Grier is a Kinesiologist in the Injury Prevention Program at the Army Public Health Center.

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David DeGroot is the Deputy Chief for Clinical Investigation at Tripler Army Medical Center.

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Mita T. Lovalekar is an Injury Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Bradley C. Nindl is a Professor and Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center, Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh and a Colonel (MS) in the USAR.

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Shawn F. Kane, MD is currently the Commander of the Special Warfare Medical Group (Airborne) and Dean of the Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, at the time of writing this article he was the Deputy Chief of Staff, Surgeon for the US Army Special Operations Command (Airborne).

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Patrick Depenbrock is a primary care sports medicine physician who is director of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Human Performance Program (THOR3 ).

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