The Relationship of Anthropometrics and Physiological Determinants on Military Specific Skills
Horst Stocker, Peter Leo, Stefan Landl

The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship of anthropometrics and physical performance characteristics on military specific skills of soldiers. 53 male officer cadets were assigned to this study. Testing procedure involved a 2400m running test, one repetition maximum (1RM), military specific test (MST) and military march. Correlation and multi regression analyses were conducted to compare the relationship between strength and endurance parameters on the military specific skills. Derived O2max of the 2400m running test significantly correlated with BMI (r = -0.285, p = 0.033). BMI significantly influenced 1RM of leg press LP (r = 0.389, p = 0.004), seated bench pull SBP (r = 0.710, p = 0.001) and seated bench pull SR (r = 0.570, p = 0.001)..Linear correlation compared the influence of physical performance parameters including on the MST and the 3200m march. 1RM of LP, SBP and SR did not correlate significantly with MST and the military march (p > 0.005). O2max showed a significant relationship with total time in the MST (r = -0.340, p = 0.010) and military march (r = -0.428, p = 0.001). The results indicate that the endurance determinants predominantly influence the military specific skills more than the 1RM.

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