The effect of body armor on performance, thermal stress, and exertion: a critical review

Larsen, Brianna and Netto, Kevin and Aisbett, Brad (2011) The effect of body armor on performance, thermal stress, and exertion: a critical review. Military Medicine, 176 (11). pp. 1265-1273. ISSN 0026-4075


Abstract

Armed forces worldwide utilize some form of body armor as part of their personal protective system. This is particularly essential in recent times because of the increased sophistication of weapons employed during modern warfare and the advent of unconventional combat methods (such as the increased use of improvised explosive devices). There is some evidence to show, however, that the usage of military body armor impairs physical performance. This review of the literature will focus on the effect of body armor on the performance of, and physiological and subjective responses during, military-style physical tasks. Because of the paucity of research investigating body armor, this review will also draw upon more generalized personal protective clothing and equipment literature from a range of physically demanding occupations (i.e., firefighting and other emergency services). The review will conclude with suggested directions for future research in this area.


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Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 01:28
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: physiological heat strain; physical performance; combat body armor; casualties; Iraqi freedom; load carriage; exercise; comfort; sensation; demands; impact
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920505 Occupational Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-10-00470
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/39611

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