Influence Of Body Armour On Pulmonary Function

“The purpose of the present study was to determine if lightweight body armour (weighing less than 10 kg) would influence pulmonary function in a manner similar to that reported previously for backpacks and heavily weighted jackets.”

Conclusion:

“…a reduction of 10-4% in the maximum voluntary ventilation sustained for 15 s observed in the lightest of the three types of body armour suggests that tightness of fit may be important. The practical consequences of these findings are minimal whilst a person is inactive, but may assume increasing importance when body armour is combined with backpack load carriage during sustained aerobic exercise.”

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