Publication Abstract

Impact of Military Type Footwear and Load Carrying Workload on Postural Stability

Chander, H., Knight, A., Garner, J. C., Wade, C., Carruth, D. W., Wilson, S. J., Gdovin, J. R., & Williams, C. C. (2018). Impact of Military Type Footwear and Load Carrying Workload on Postural Stability. Ergonomics. Taylor & Francis. 62(1), 103-114. DOI:10.1080/00140139.2018.1521528.

Abstract

Postural stability has been shown to be impacted by footwear and task performed. This study analysed the impact of two military footwear, standard boot (STB) and minimalist boot (MTB) on postural stability, before (PRE) and after (POST) a load carriage task. Sixteen participants were tested for postural stability using sensory organisation and motor control tests on Neurocom Equitest™. Postural sway, equilibrium scores and postural latencies were analysed using a two-factor repeated measures ANOVA: boot type (STB-MTB) × time (PRE-POST) load carriage task. Significantly greater postural sway variables, lower balance scores and slower postural latencies were seen in STB and POST load carriage conditions (p