Air Force applying study of OSU athletes to Special Forces


WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — An Air Force laboratory is studying football players and other athletes from Ohio State University in research intended to benefit the players and help researchers understand demands on special forces teams in action.

More than 100 wrestlers along with men’s and women’s lacrosse players will join the research roster that already includes Buckeye football players, The Dayton Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/2f9srM4).

Josh Hagen, a researcher with the 711th Human Performance Wing, said the goal of the study is to develop a sports science strategy for all of OSU’s athletic teams.

This involves tracking biometric data that can be used to develop training workloads and recovery plans.

“It makes you more cognizant of the things you can do,” said Joe Burger, a 22-year-old senior linebacker. “You can definitely tell a difference and seeing a difference makes you a believer.”

According to Hagen, the information is also useful to understand the demands placed on special operations forces when conducting missions.

The research agreement between the Air Force Research Laboratory and OSU is not a financial deal. The two entities only exchange knowledge.

“There’s no other school that has a relationship like this,” said Doug Calland, OSU’s associate athletic director for sport performance. “It’s really been unbelievably helpful to know because we’re going to go hard just like the military does. They train hard and we’re training hard, and we need to make sure that we’re doing that in the right way.”

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

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