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Tracking Training Load and Its Implementation in Tactical Populations

A Narrative Review

Maupin, Danny DPhty, ATC1; Schram, Ben PhD, DPhty2; Orr, Robin PhD2

Strength and Conditioning Journal: December 2019 - Volume 41 - Issue 6 - p 1–11
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000492
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ABSTRACT Tactical populations often participate in demanding physical training and perform strenuous workplace tasks, increasing injury risk. Mitigating injury risk is vital for maintaining trained personnel and should be a focus for tactical populations. One such method, tracking training load, has not been studied in-depth in tactical populations, despite documented effectiveness in elite sport. Most injuries to tactical personnel are overuse in nature and therefore may be prevented by optimizing training load. Although the methods used in elite sport may not be directly transferrable to tactical environments, they may be used to inform injury mitigation strategies in tactical populations.

1Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Bond University, Bond Institute of Health and Sport, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia; and

2Tactical Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine Bond University, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia

Address correspondence to Danny Maupin, dmaupin@bond.edu.au.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest. This article was supported by a Higher Degree Research Scholarship for Mr. Maupin.

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Danny Maupinis a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

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Ben Schramis an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

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Robin Orris an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine at Bond University.

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