Exercise Program Design for Structural Firefighters

Mark G. Abel, Thomas G. Palmer, Nick Trubee

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Abstract

STRUCTURAL FIREFIGHTING IS A PHYSICALLY DEMANDING AND HAZARDOUS PROFESSION THAT REQUIRES SUFFICIENT LEVELS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS TO ENHANCE OCCUPATIONAL PREPAREDNESS, SAFETY, AND HEALTH. A COMPREHENSIVE EXERCISE PROGRAM SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED TO ACHIEVE THE REQUISITE PHYSICAL FITNESS. A NEEDS ANALYSIS IS PRESENTED TO ENSURE THAT AN EXERCISE PROGRAM ADDRESSES THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND BIOMECHANICAL DEMANDS OF OCCUPATIONAL TASKS. IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC NEEDS WILL PROMOTE ENHANCED WORK EFFICIENCY AND A DECREASED RISK OF FIRE GROUND INJURIES AND CHRONIC DISEASE. IN ADDITION, THE FIREFIGHTING OCCUPATION PRESENTS INHERENT CHALLENGES TO DEVELOPING AN APPROPRIATE TRAINING PROGRAM. PROGRAMMATIC TRAINING STRATEGIES ARE PRESENTED TO OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-19
Number of pages12
JournalStrength and Conditioning Journal
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 4 2015

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Copyright © 2015 National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Keywords

  • exercise
  • resistance training
  • strength and conditioning
  • tactical

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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