A Physical Training Framework for Reserve Personnel: A Rationalization and Recommendations

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Abstract

RESERVE (PART-TIME) ARMY PERSONNEL TYPICALLY PERFORM OCCUPATIONAL AND OPERATIONAL TASKS AKIN TO THOSE OF THEIR ACTIVE-DUTY COUNTERPARTS BUT MAY HAVE LOWER FITNESS BECAUSE OF LESS PHYSICAL TRAINING. AS SUCH, RESERVE MILITARY PERSONNEL MAY BE AT A GREATER RISK OF INJURY AND HAVE PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE DEFICITS. TO IMPROVE FITNESS AND PERFORMANCE, TRAINING GUIDELINES SUGGEST 3 D/WK AEROBIC TRAINING AND 2 D/WK OF STRENGTH TRAINING, ALTHOUGH SOME DAYS MAY INCLUDE BOTH. AMONG RESERVE MILITARY PERSONNEL AWAY FROM THEIR UNITS, BOTH GENERAL AND OCCUPATIONALLY ORIENTED TRAINING COULD BE TRACKED USING COMPUTER APPLICATIONS AND/OR BY EVENING TRAINING IN GROUPS, WHICH MAY IMPROVE COMPLIANCE AND MOTIVATION.

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