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MILITARY MATTERS: Marine Corps developing technology to prevent injuries

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By Jason Dennis

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – The U.S. military is using advanced technology to help prevent injuries among service members, keeping them on the battlefield as needed.

“In my mind, this was really a game-changer,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Ret) Stephen Armes.

When Armes took over the Marine Corps Human Performance Division, he was alarmed at how many Marines, especially women, in officer candidate school drop out due to injuries. Armes made it his mission to change that by deploying force plate technology.

“It’s probably one of the biggest revolutions that we’ve had on the fitness side, the holistic human performance side in the Marine Corps,” Armes said.

Congress recently approved more funding, so this technology is available to thousands of war fighters across the branches. These force plates, developed by Sparta Science, help service members customize workout plans to build up areas of vulnerability…

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