Special Forces: Training, MRIs & Overuse Injuries in the Spine:

Boot Camp & Military Fitness Institute

Research Paper Title

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Showed No Signs of Overuse or Permanent Injury to the Lumbar Sacral Spine during a Special Forces Training Course.


Special Forces training is even more demanding than that of elite athletes. The training includes gruelling physical activity and periods of sleep deprivation. The soldiers routinely carry heavy loads up to 40% of their body weight on their backs while running and marching for distances up to 90 km.


The purpose was to find out if Special Forces recruits are able to complete the preparatory Navy Seals training programme without sustaining magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signs of overuse or irreversible injury to their backs.

Study Design/Setting

Prospective cohort study. The researchers performed MRI scans before and after 14 weeks of Navy Seals preparatory training course.

Patient Sample

Ten soldiers underwent MRI of their lumbar sacral spines and right knees before and after the…

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Hurry Up and Wait!

Real Estate Trooper

“I am a soldier, I fight where I am told and I win where I fight.” ~ General George Patton, Jr.

Is there a better way to start a blog than with a GEN Patton quote?  Fortunately… NO, however that is not the reason I chose to open my blog with that particular quote.  The truth for every service man and woman is that you will be “told” to relocate at least one time while wearing the uniform.  Depending on your circumstances, it could be as easy as getting your barracks room assignment or as difficult as moving your entire family.  You may be moving on-post, or off-post, depending on availability and personal preference.  You may be moving your family with you, or leaving them for a short period while you go on TDY.  Moving is inevitable… but it doesn’t have to be hard.

Though your situation is unique as…

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And the Home of the Brave



Pearl Harbor.

December 7, 1941.

I’ve read about it in history books. I’ve seen it in movies. But it didn’t become real until I visited Pearl Harbor in person. I remember mom and dad talking about where they were when they heard about the attack. I remember hearing the shock in their voices and even feeling shock myself. I’ve heard the President’s speech that December 7, 1941 would be a “date which will live in infamy.”

He was right.

Despite the crowds that were visiting the memorial, the museums, the ships that day, I felt alone. The people rarely spoke, or spoke in subdued tones. Even children were quiet. Everyone felt the weight of history in that place. Crowding out reality, my thoughts drifted to what it must have been like that day when over 350 planes kept coming, shooting, bombing the U.S. Navy. I tried to understand why it…

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