Austin Billiot



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Carrying loads is essentially learned through nurture and the environment you live in. Humans at one point in their lives utilize this method of carrying loads to achieve a specific task. Military service personnel make use of this method quite often in their daily work environment. Military personnel are accustomed with being injured and the recovery process which follows. All studies reviewed, revealed that there is a correlation between lower extremity problems and load carrying force. This research was done on military service members to find the exact motion that load becomes an issue for basic movement (walking, jogging, and pivoting). Military service members need more research in determining why such load carrying forces cannot be alleviated. This study sought after a definitive answer to show there is such a correlation between the two variables. Service members (N=40), ages 20-40, will document personal medical history, get instructed on testing parameters, perform series of tests, and record any physical pain or discomfort. The results in the end were compared to that of other participants to determine the correlation between carrying loads and lower extremity injuries. It is hypothesized that the correlation between carrying loads will positively increase the chance of lower extremity injury.

Publication Date

Spring 2019


Boiling Springs, NC


Military personnel, lower extremity problems, carrying loads, Osteoarthritis (OA)


Medicine and Health Sciences | Movement and Mind-Body Therapies | Rehabilitation and Therapy | Sports Sciences

The Effects of Carrying Loads on Lower Extremities within Military Personnel