Proposed Performance Standards for the Plank for Inclusion Consideration Into the Navy's Physical Readiness Test


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Abstract

SINCE 1982, THE U.S. NAVY HAS USED THE CURL-UP AS PART OF ITS SEMIANNUAL PHYSICAL READINESS TEST (PRT) TO ASSESS CORE MUSCULAR ENDURANCE. ALTHOUGH NO FORMAL STUDY HAS BEEN CONDUCTED YET, THERE IS SPECULATION THAT THE INCORPORATION OF THE CURL-UP INTO THE PRT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE NAVY'S LOWER BACK INJURY RATE. THEREFORE, THERE HAS BEEN CONSIDERABLE INTEREST AS OF LATE TO IDENTIFY A SAFER (AND MORE OPERATIONALLY RELEVANT) ALTERNATIVE TO THE CURL-UP. THE FOLLOWING ARTICLE TAKES A FORMAL LOOK AT THE STANDARD FRONT PLANK AS A POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT FOR THE CURL-UP FOR INCORPORATION INTO THE NAVY's PRT.

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