US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises

first_img View post tag: Exercises View post tag: starts Training & Education View post tag: Navy The Navy, working with the University of Memphis Department of Health and Sport Sciences, began a beta test of nine physical fitness exercises July 11.Bill Moore, director, Navy Physical Readiness Program,said there are currently no plans to change the Navy’s physical readiness test, but the study will examine viability other options that may have greater operational relevance.“The purpose of the beta test is for research purposes only and is intended to collect data,” said Moore.“The results of this beta test could be used to develop a physical readiness test that incorporates more functional movements which better mimic Navy job-specific tasks,” said Moore.He said Navy officials will need to analyze the results after the test concludes later this month.The beta test examines Sailors participation in nine exercises. Cadence push-ups, single-leg plank and single-leg wall squats are used to measure muscular endurance. The leg-hip dynamometer, hand-grip dynamometer and standing long jump measure muscular strength. The pro-agility shuttle, 300-yard shuttle, five kilometer bike test and two kilometer rower measure anaerobic capacity.The test exercises were selected to allow researchers to examine two major components of physical fitness: health and skill related. They feature common movements practiced both in sports and on the job.“Health-related components include cardiovascular fitness, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Peterson, Navy Physical Readiness Program exercise physiologist. “Skill related components include speed, agility, balance, coordination, reaction time and power.”More than 180 Sailors, male and female, representing a full spectrum of age and fitness levels are participating to allows researchers to examine applicability for the Navy demographic.Personnel Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Joshua Sickles, assigned to Navy Recruiting Command, said he typically scores excellent on his semi-annual physical readiness test. During the beta test, Sickles performed the single-leg plank, standing long jump and two-kilometer rower during his first test session.“It was different than what we do now and harder” said Sickles.Sailors in the beta test will participate in a total of six sessions.“This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a state-of-the-art research study,” Moore said. “However, I need to reemphasize that this is for research purposes only and that there are currently no plans to change the Navy PRT.”[mappress]Source: navy, July 18, 2011; View post tag: Fitness View post tag: Beta View post tag: Naval View post tag: US View post tag: NINE View post tag: test View post tag: Physical July 18, 2011 Share this article View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exercises US Navy Starts Beta Test of Nine Physical Fitness Exerciseslast_img read more

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Syracuse readies to face Penn State in CHA tournament semifinals after week off

first_img Published on March 5, 2015 at 12:08 am Heading into the final weekend of regular-season play, Syracuse and Penn State were tied for second in the College Hockey America standings with 20 points each. Penn State held the tiebreaker and a first-round bye in the CHA tournament was at stake.The Nittany Lions played first, falling 4-1 to Robert Morris, and SU controlled its own destiny. With a 4-1 victory of its own over RIT later that Friday night, the Orange needed only a tie on Saturday to finish second.Again playing early in the day, Penn State lost by the same score again. Syracuse took the bye and with it, got one step closer to an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.“This is a good break, whether it’s people nursing minor injuries, some aches and pains, trying to shake a cold,” head coach Paul Flanagan said, “because right now you alleviate the stress of having a best of three (last) weekend.”Syracuse (10-14-10, 8-6-6 CHA) spent the past week recovering and working on skills while trying to keep its competitive spirit up. After finding out it would face Penn State (17-15-4, 9-9-2) in the CHA semifinals, the team reverted to its normal practice schedule, working on specifics of the PSU power play, fore-check and end-zone coverage.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter going 1-1-2 against the Nittany Lions this season, Syracuse will square off with PSU on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mercyhurst Ice Center in Erie, Pennsylvania. The winner will face the winner of Merchurst (23-8-3, 14-5-1) and RIT (13-18-5, 5-12-3) on Saturday for the CHA title and a trip to the NCAA tournament.“It could potentially be my last game, we don’t want it to be,” senior Allie LaCombe said about the win-or-go-home tournament. “Basically all your hard work and preparation since I was 14 feels like it comes down to your last collegiate game.”The final pieces of that preparation started during the team’s week off.Players were able to focus on individual skills as well as the team’s own systems. Defender Akane Hosoyamada said the most important thing for the team during that week was for each player to focus on herself and what she can do better.Additionally, the team ran combative drills against each other to ensure it didn’t lose its competitive edge in the break before the next game.“If we can keep the compete level going while actually being able to not worry about an opponent or games this weekend, we can concentrate on just getting better,” Flanagan said.Given that it’s a do-or-die game, the players will play with increased intensity and urgency. Flanagan expects players to block additional shots on defense and stay in their systems on offense. During practice, he stressed remembering where on the ice most of the Orange’s goals come from.If SU holds off PSU, the team may very well have to then beat Mercyhurst, a feat the Orange accomplished earlier this season for the first time in program history.Getting that first win under their belts would serve as confidence for Flanagan and his players if they do face the 10-time CHA champions. Mercyhurst has made the CHA tournament final in each year of the conference’s existence.Flanagan said the team will have extra motivation knowing it tied Mercyhurst at its rink and had a strong chance to beat the Lakers the next day as well.“Now our goal would be to not only beat them at home but beat them in their own rink,” defender Danielle Leslie said. “I think that would be pretty spectacular for us.”Flanagan agreed, but didn’t want to get ahead of himself. First, the team has to beat Penn State before it can think about Mercyhurst.Though the coach is confident going into the weekend, he wouldn’t talk specifics about when his team’s season would end.Said Flanagan: “I don’t make predictions.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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