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Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers' locomotor performance.

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In Medieval Europe, soldiers wore steel plate armour for protection during warfare. Armour design reflected a trade-off between protection and mobility it offered the wearer. By the fifteenth century, a typical suit of field armour weighed between 30 and 50 kg and was distributed over the entire body. How much wearing armour affected Medieval soldiers' locomotor energetics and biomechanics is unknown. We investigated the mechanics and the energetic cost of locomotion in armour, and determined...

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10.1098/rspb.2011.0816

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Clinical Neurosciences
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Royal Society
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society More from this journal
Volume:
279
Issue:
1729
Pages:
640-644
Publication date:
2012-02-01
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
Language:
English
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uuid:f8f876ea-a04e-481b-9762-5dd98aea673d
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374524
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2014-02-23

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