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OBSTACLE COURSE


Physical performance and success in combat may depend on a trainees' ability to perform skills like those required on the obstacle course. For this reason, the Naval and Maritime Academy facilitates officer and sailor under trainees with physical and theoretical knowledge for helping them to develop and test basic skills. Under this, obstacle crossing exercise is one of the important exercises conducted by Combat Training Unit.

These exercises help under trainees to develop coordination and confidence. The coordination objects has low obstacles that must be negotiated quickly. Running the course can be a test of the trainee's basic skills and physical condition. A Confidence Objects has higher, more difficult obstacles than a Coordination Objects. It gives trainees confidence in their mental and physical abilities and cultivates their team spirit. After receiving instructions and practicing the skills, trainees run the course against time.

After completing the exercise under trainee can privilege to achieve;

  • Overall physical fitness - "Obstacle courses promote cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance".
  • Perceptual development - "Obstacle courses promote the ability to receive, interpret, and respond successfully to sensory information".
  • Agility - "Obstacle courses promote quick, easy, lively movements".
  • Coordination - "Obstacle courses promote parts of the body moving smoothly together".
  •  Obstacle courses promote the ability to arrange and follow a series of steps as follows;
    •    Eye-hand coordination. Obstacle courses promote eyes and hands working together smoothly to meet a challenge.
    •    Eye-foot coordination. Obstacle courses promote eyes and feet working together smoothly to meet a challenge.
  • Balance - Obstacle courses promote being able to hold the position of the body through the interaction of muscles working together (maintaining body equilibrium) whether the body is stationary (static balance) or moving (dynamic balance).
  • Cooperation and teamwork - Obstacle courses promote 2 or more people working and playing together rather than against one another.
  • Listening skills - Obstacle courses promote the ability to follow verbal directions.
  • Self-Esteem - Obstacle courses promote confidence and satisfaction or pride in oneself.

While under trainees are practicing, instructors must always take every precaution to minimize injuries go through obstacle courses. Under trainee are to do warm-up exercises before they begin. This prepares them for the physically demanding tasks ahead and helps minimize the chance of injury. When under trainees approach to each obstacle combat training unit, instructor will do the guidance and conduct closely supervision to minimize the injuries.

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