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Improving Scores on the Ranger Physical Assessment Test

Posted by BridgeAthletic on May 13, 2019, 2:09:00 PM

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S&C's Impact on US Rangers

This is the latest in a series of research (covered in previous editions of the PowerUp) that promotes the value of S&C for the tactical community.

In this study, researchers focused on the tactical assessments of the Ranger Physical Assessment and Selection Program I (RASP I), known as the Ranger Athlete Warrior (RAW) program and the Ranger Physical Assessment Test (RPAT). RAW is a holistic program designed to support the athlete through physical training, sports medicine, nutrition, and mental toughness. RPAT was designed to simulate the physical aptitude of a Ranger during combat operations. This study examined the assessments that makes up the physical training portion of the RAW program in order to establish the influence of RAW on RPAT, the tactical assessment under load.

RAW Physical Assessment Protocol:

  • 3 rep max trap bar deadlift
  • Broad jump
  • 5-10-5 agility shuttle
  • Pull-ups
  • Heel claps
  • Metronome push-ups
  • Two 300-yd shuttles with 2min rest

RPAT Protocol:

  • Sub 40 minute completion
  • Operators perform a variety of tasks symbolic of those they might encounter during a combat operation

Researchers found that soldiers who performed better in the broad jump, pull-ups, and average 300-yard shuttle were more likely to pass the RPAT. More specifically, their results indicate that lower-body power, pulling strength, and anaerobic conditioning have the greatest influence on RPAT success.

This study supports the growing emphasis on both strength and conditioning interventions to support the tactical athlete. It also suggests that those who focus on these key protocols will be more likely to improve their scores on the RPAT.

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