Integrative physical and cognitive training development to better meet airmen mission requirements | FITLIGHT®
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Abstract: In today’s high-intensity Air Force (AF) operations, Airmen are often required to perform demanding cognitive and physical tasks simultaneously, or in close concert (e.g., AF Explosive Ordinance Disposal) [1]. However, most AF physical training programs [e.g., squadron physical training (PT)] do not account for these operational requirements, and thus may not optimally instill the combined skills that are required of Airmen to perform their jobs efficiently and effectively. To address this issue, we have initiated a research and development program that seeks to create and validate specific exercises, routines, and comprehensive workout programs that integrate cognitive (‘brain’) training with contemporary PT exercises (e.g., performing body squats while concurrently tracking incoming information to improve lower body strength and working memory capacity)….