Accession Number : ADA615864


Title :   EOD Warrior Athlete Working Group: Recommendations for an Evidence-Based, Forcewide, EOD Warrior Athlete Program


Descriptive Note : Technical rept. May-Jul 2014


Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : Stump, Jeremiah ; Haywood, Joseph ; Mendenhall, Robert ; Robinson, Thomas ; Beville, Peter ; Leppell, Randy ; Deciutiis, Napoleon ; Anderson, Ryan ; Munden, Christian ; Dewey, Kevin ; McElmoyl, Wayne


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA615864


Report Date : 12 Jul 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : Bottom Line Upfront: U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operators must perform optimally under the harshest conditions, yet there is no program to build and sustain physical readiness and performance across the EOD career. Thus, there is an urgent need to implement an EOD Warrior Athlete Program. Process: Eleven active-duty stakeholders of the EOD community teamed with 15 scientists from the Naval Health Research Center and San Diego State University Doctoral of Physical Therapy Program to outline a comprehensive EOD Warrior Athlete Program. This team was named the EOD Warrior Athlete Working Group. Operational Requirements for EOD Warrior Athlete Program: The Working Group outlined specific physical (e.g., muscular strength, aerobic endurance), mental (e.g., performance under extreme stress), and environmental operational requirements (e.g., extreme temperatures, dehydration) for all EOD Warrior Athletes. Critical Elements of the EOD Warrior Athlete Program: Three Critical Elements of the EOD Warrior Athlete Program were identified: 1) Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, 2) Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation, and 3) Combat Mindset. Implementation Plan for EOD Warrior Athlete Program: The Working Group then identified three Phases of Implementation. They include 1) Assessment (establishes baseline markers of readiness, which will then be used to inform targeted educational approaches and individualized training), 2) Education (disseminates force-wide instructions to optimize physical and mental readiness), and 3) Individualized Training (scientifically-derived training programs meeting the needs of each EOD Warrior Athlete). Cost Estimation and Candidate Funding Lines: Scalable cost estimation was provided, and three overlapping funding lines were identified.


Descriptors :   *EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY) , EDUCATION , EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DISPOSAL , NAVAL PERSONNEL , NUTRITION , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , PHYSIOLOGY , STRESS(PSYCHOLOGY) , SURVEILLANCE , TRAINING , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Anatomy and Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE