Research Article

Obstacle course soldiers’ reaction and perception time: Combat equipment load effects

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 31, issue 4, 2021 , pages: 434–438
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2021.1952731
Author(s): Eva Orantes-Gonzalez, Spain, José Heredia-Jimenez, Spain


We analysed reaction and perception capabilities in soldiers with or without combat equipment load. Spanish infantry soldiers (n = 46) completed a one-kilometre obstacle course without combat equipment and with combat equipment load. In each case they completed measures of reaction time and perception accuracy. Comparisons (t-tests) indicated the soldiers to be slower in reaction time with combat equipment loading while their perceptual abilities were unaffected with combat equipment loading. The differential effects of combat equipment loading on reaction time and perceptual ability could be explained by the mental arousal improving the moderate intensity of soldiers, being able to answer more quickly after the physical effort.

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