A1 Journal article (refereed)
Effects of military basic training on VO2max, body composition, muscle strength and neural responses in conscripts of different aerobic condition (2019)

Salo, K., Piirainen, J. M., Tanskanen-Tervo, M. M., Kyröläinen, H., Huovinen, J., & Linnamo, V. (2019). Effects of military basic training on VO2max, body composition, muscle strength and neural responses in conscripts of different aerobic condition. Biomedical Human Kinetics, 11(1), 167-174. https://doi.org/10.2478/bhk-2019-0023

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Salo, Kristiina; Piirainen, Jarmo M.; Tanskanen-Tervo, Minna M.; Kyröläinen, Heikki; Huovinen, Jukka; Linnamo, Vesa

Journal or series: Biomedical Human Kinetics

eISSN: 2080-2234

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 11

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 167-174

Publisher: Sciendo

Publication country: Poland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/bhk-2019-0023

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67389


Study aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate neuromuscular adaptations in conscripts with different fitness levels (VO2max) during 8 weeks of military basic training (BT). Material and methods: Twenty-four male conscripts (18–21 years) were divided into two groups (Good Fitness [GF] and Low fitness [LF]) based on their VO2max at the beginning of BT. Body mass (BM), fat free mass (FFM) and Fat% were measured after 2, 4, and 7 weeks of training. VO2max, maximal isometric leg press force (MVC), H-reflex (Hmax/Mmax) at rest and V-wave (V/Mmax) during maximal isometric plantarflexion were measured from the soleus muscle at the beginning, after 5, and after 8 weeks of training. Results: FFM decreased significantly in LF after 7 weeks of training (–3.0 ± 1.7%, p < 0.001), which was not observed in GF. Both GF (6.9 ± 4.6%, p < 0.01) and LF (5.7 ± 4.6%, p < 0.01) showed improved VO2max after 5 weeks, with no changes during the last 3 weeks. A main effect of training was observed in decreased leg press MVC (–7.3 ± 9.3%, F = 4.899, p < 0.05), with no between-group differences. V-wave was significantly lower in LF during 5 (–37.9%, p < 0.05) and 8 (–44.9%, p < 0.05) weeks. Conclusion: Poor development of the neuromuscular system during BT suggests that explosive and/or maximal strength training should be added to the BT protocol for all conscripts regardless of fitness level. In addition, individualized training periodization should be considered to optimize the training load.

Keywords: military education; physiological effects; aerobic capacity; maximal oxygen uptake; body composition; muscle strength

Free keywords: aerobic fitness; neuromuscular adaptation; military training

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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