Iowa City, Iowa (KCRG) – Researchers at the Iowa Institute of Technology are working with the military to develop a new combat fitness test.
The previous experiment included push-ups, sit-ups and a 2-mile run that had not been updated for more than 40 years.
A new 6-part Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) was sent to the U.S. military to determine if a soldier was eligible for combat.
“We work with physical therapists, we work with doctors, we work with athletics, we work with engineers, we work with artists, and all this is to let you know, to make Santos today or Sophia. That’s why. So it’s an amazing team,” said ACFT program manager Ragan Bahat. They said.
ACFT is less about cardiovascular strength and less ability to complete more joint exercises. For example, can you carry a wounded friend and jump over a wall?
To do this, researchers use two imaginary soldiers, first built in 2003 by the Institute of Technology. One is Santos and the other is Sophia.
“Knowing that their fitness test can accurately predict their fitness is only important for the success of the military,” said Kylie Lichtenstein, UI Biomedical Engineering and active ROTC student.
To develop Santos and Sophia, researchers suggest that both male and female testers wear special sensors, such as digging holes, jumping out of windows, or holding dummies.
Lichtenstein works as a test subject and as a data analyst for the team. Her experience in ROTC training has been an invaluable resource for research development.
“There are some things like evicting victims. We have never practiced, we never know. I mean, all we can do is read the little paragraph in the guide, but she has done it many times,” she said. Bhatt
The information gathered from the sensors will allow researchers to observe the effects on the body, exercise, and so on, and the new fitness test will ensure that a soldier can complete these tasks.
“We know that everyone works the same way, regardless of gender,” she said.
The new training will serve as a starting point for testing men and women equally. The researchers looked at variables such as height, weight, body composition, and so on.
The new ACFT is expected to be fully implemented in military training by April 2022.
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