Faculty Advisor

Rothschild, Carey

Publication Date

Spring 2018


To determine which physical measures or running gait attributes are most correlated to a passing Army APFT 2-mile run score in the Army ROTC population.Subjects: 12 (8 males and 4 females) UCF Army ROTC cadets. Methods: Upon providing IRB approved consent, subjects were screened for eligibility by utilizing the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q). Subjects completed a demographic and running history questionnaire and underwent a physical assessment of hip muscle strength and muscle firing pattern. Subjects then ran on a treadmill at training pace for 2 minutes. Running gait was videotaped from the front and lateral views for analysis with a 2-D motion analysis software application.Results: Bivariate correlation analysis using SPSS revealed MS year ( p < 0.001) , hip strength ( p < 0.001), and running cadence ( p < 0.001) were significant in predicting a passing Army APFT 2-mile run score. All other variables were not significant. Conclusions: Hip girdle strengthening and increased running cadence should be emphasized with MS 1 and 2 cadets to facilitate APFT success. Clinical Relevance: Hip girdle strength and running cadence correlate to a passing 2-mile run within the Army ROTC population. Military leaders can integrate this information within physical training programs for Army ROTC cadets to facilitate readiness to lead Soldiers during combat after commissioning.

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