NEWS
US Army soldiers to be fitted with wearable fitness tech to assess level of stress
POSTED 26 Feb 2021 . BY Tom Walker
The research project will analyse the personalised data of the soldiers, collected using WHOOP technology Credit: Shutterstock/Getmilitaryphotos
US Army paratroopers will be fitted with data-collecting wearables for six months, as part of a project to measure stress levels and examine the resiliency of soldiers operating in Arctic environments.

Up to 1,000 paratroopers of the so-called "Spartan Brigade" – the nickname for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division based in Alaska – will wear technology provided by human performance and fitness company WHOOP.

Using physiological data from the WHOOP wearables, the project looks to uncover insights that will create a blueprint for how soldiers train, fight, and manage stress in the most extreme military conditions.

The WHOOP Strap 3.0 hardware will measure daily strain, recovery rates, sleep quality, and more as part of a six-month study in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

The health monitor is built to withstand the rigors of military use with a waterproof, unobtrusive design plus five-day battery life with on-the-go charging.

The research project will analyse personalised data, such as heart rate variability, resting heart rate, cardiovascular strain, and respiratory rate, which will be used to create a biometric baseline for the Spartan Brigade grounded in overall resilience, stress, and sleep quality.

Unlike blind studies, the participating paratroopers will have immediate access to their own data, as well as techniques to maximize recovery, and can make decisions using this feedback to optimise their personal performance.

It is hoped that the project will provide more insight about individual physiology and the impacts of training in an extreme environment, so that soldiers will be better equipped to manage stress and ultimately, have higher readiness.

All leaders from the squad level, NCOs and above, will have access to their paratroopers' data, so they can adjust training and operational plans to maximise the health and readiness of their teams.

the Spartan Command Sergeant Major Alex Kupratty, said: "Imagine as a squad leader that you have a paratrooper that has had an abnormally low recovery for several days.

"Maybe your platoon has been in the field for weeks, or the paratrooper just returned from an Army school. Now, you have the data to better help them recover, or to adjust your training to match the team's needs."

Kristen Holmes, VP of Performance Science at WHOOP and principle investigator on the study, said: "Previous research has typically focused on investigating stress in laboratory settings using standardised stress tasks.

"We are carrying this study out in the field to better understand how personal, psychological and situational factors can impact a soldier while training during extreme Arctic conditions.

"We are proud to support our troops in an innovative way and this data could be a critical tool for the military to improve soldier resiliency at a time when mental health issues, and suicide rates are higher than ever."
Soldiers will wear the WHOOP Strap 3.0 Credit: WHOOP
 


CONTACT US

Leisure Media
Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
 
Leisure Management - US Army soldiers to be fitted with wearable fitness tech to assess level of stress...
20 Apr 2021 Leisure Management: daily news and jobs
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

26 Feb 2021

US Army soldiers to be fitted with wearable fitness tech to assess level of stress
BY Tom Walker

The research project will analyse the personalised data of the soldiers, collected using WHOOP technology

The research project will analyse the personalised data of the soldiers, collected using WHOOP technology
photo: Shutterstock/Getmilitaryphotos

US Army paratroopers will be fitted with data-collecting wearables for six months, as part of a project to measure stress levels and examine the resiliency of soldiers operating in Arctic environments.

Up to 1,000 paratroopers of the so-called "Spartan Brigade" – the nickname for the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division based in Alaska – will wear technology provided by human performance and fitness company WHOOP.

Using physiological data from the WHOOP wearables, the project looks to uncover insights that will create a blueprint for how soldiers train, fight, and manage stress in the most extreme military conditions.

The WHOOP Strap 3.0 hardware will measure daily strain, recovery rates, sleep quality, and more as part of a six-month study in collaboration with the University of Queensland.

The health monitor is built to withstand the rigors of military use with a waterproof, unobtrusive design plus five-day battery life with on-the-go charging.

The research project will analyse personalised data, such as heart rate variability, resting heart rate, cardiovascular strain, and respiratory rate, which will be used to create a biometric baseline for the Spartan Brigade grounded in overall resilience, stress, and sleep quality.

Unlike blind studies, the participating paratroopers will have immediate access to their own data, as well as techniques to maximize recovery, and can make decisions using this feedback to optimise their personal performance.

It is hoped that the project will provide more insight about individual physiology and the impacts of training in an extreme environment, so that soldiers will be better equipped to manage stress and ultimately, have higher readiness.

All leaders from the squad level, NCOs and above, will have access to their paratroopers' data, so they can adjust training and operational plans to maximise the health and readiness of their teams.

the Spartan Command Sergeant Major Alex Kupratty, said: "Imagine as a squad leader that you have a paratrooper that has had an abnormally low recovery for several days.

"Maybe your platoon has been in the field for weeks, or the paratrooper just returned from an Army school. Now, you have the data to better help them recover, or to adjust your training to match the team's needs."

Kristen Holmes, VP of Performance Science at WHOOP and principle investigator on the study, said: "Previous research has typically focused on investigating stress in laboratory settings using standardised stress tasks.

"We are carrying this study out in the field to better understand how personal, psychological and situational factors can impact a soldier while training during extreme Arctic conditions.

"We are proud to support our troops in an innovative way and this data could be a critical tool for the military to improve soldier resiliency at a time when mental health issues, and suicide rates are higher than ever."



Connect with
Leisure Management
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Berlin's new Exile Museum set for 2025 opening
Berlin's new Exile Museum set for 2025 opening   20 Apr 2021

A new museum telling the stories of the people exiled from Germany by the Nazi regime is set to open in Berlin in 2025. The Exile Museum will .... more>>
Iconic Radio City Music Hall to get rooftop garden and 'skybridge'
Iconic Radio City Music Hall to get rooftop garden and 'skybridge'   20 Apr 2021

The iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York will soon feature an innovative, landscaped rooftop park, after proposals were approved by the city's .... more>>
Disney reveals concept designs for upcoming Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea
Disney reveals concept designs for upcoming Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea   19 Apr 2021

Disney has unveiled three videos showing parts of the concept model for Fantasy Springs, a new themed port set to open at Tokyo DisneySea Park in .... more>>
Peloton disputes consumer safety body's concerns over safety of its Tread+ equipment
Peloton disputes consumer safety body's concerns over safety of its Tread+ equipment   19 Apr 2021

At-home fitness giant Peloton said it is "troubled" by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) decision to urge consumers to stop using the .... more>>
The future of wellness: New report investigates changing consumer attitudes and behaviour in wellness market
The future of wellness: New report investigates changing consumer attitudes and behaviour in wellness market   19 Apr 2021

A new report by McKinsey & Company reveals insights into shifting consumer attitudes and behaviour towards wellness across the globe. The .... more>>
Therme Group invests in experiential art company Superblue
Therme Group invests in experiential art company Superblue   19 Apr 2021

Global wellbeing organisation Therme Group has become a strategic investor in experiental art company Superblue. The investment has been made .... more>>
Company profile


Crown Sports Lockers

We design, manufacture and install bespoke timber furniture, including lockers, vanities, bench seating, treatment rooms, washrooms, cubicles, bedroom furniture and reception desks.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Engaging smart technology helps gyms and fitness professionals get their leading role back

Engaging smart technology helps gyms and fitness professionals get their leading role back

Safety, quality of service, and member engagement are key in order to offer a unique fitness experience that will boost the re-start. More>>




in this issue




Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Sales Manager
Salary: Competitive
Location: Daventry
Company: Everyone Active
Membership Consultant
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Market Harborough, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Membership Consultant
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Lutterworth, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




08-28 Apr 2021

Beautyworld Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Center for Forums and Events, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Arts & Culture: The show must go on
When austerity hits hard, UK theatres adapt and get creative More>>
  Fitness: Hybrid fitness
ESPA Life at Corinthia's 'revolutionary' new fitness service, BodySPace More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Community: Bright Hart Lane
Grant Cornwell on the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s community work More>>
  New opening: Future of leisure
Selby Summit focuses on activity, not sport. Is it a new era for leisure centres? More>>


Published by Leisure Media Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd