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Health and Fitness Programs for Firefighters

Bjerke, Wendy MS

Section Editor(s): Ronai, Peter MS, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, ACSM

Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31820bc6f2
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Abstract

THE TOP CAUSE OF ON-DUTY DEATH IN FIREFIGHTERS IS A HEART ATTACK. TASKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB OF A FIREFIGHTER VARY IN TYPE AND INTENSITY. HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAMS TAILORED TO FIREFIGHTERS INCLUDE FIREFIGHTER-SPECIFIC EXERCISE PROGRAMMING AND EDUCATION AND CAN YIELD INCREASES IN ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, AND DECREASED STRESS.

Author Information

Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut

Wendy Bjerke is a clinical assistant professor and director of the Sacred Heart University Wellness Program.

© 2011 by the National Strength & Conditioning Association