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Strength & Conditioning Journal:
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318212f412
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Design and Implementation of Fitness Programs for Firefighters

Abel, Mark G PhD, CSCS1; Sell, Katie PhD, CSCS2; Dennison, Katie MS, EMT

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Abstract

FIREFIGHTING IS A STRENUOUS OCCUPATION THAT REQUIRES OPTIMAL LEVELS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS TO ENHANCE JOB PERFORMANCE AND DECREASE THE RISK OF INJURY. PHYSICAL FITNESS OUTCOMES CAN BE IMPROVED THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS PROGRAM. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE INSIGHT REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR FIREFIGHTERS BY DISCUSSING HOW TO CONDUCT A NEEDS ANALYSIS, GENERATE SUPPORT FOR A FITNESS PROGRAM WITHIN A FIRE DEPARTMENT, MANAGE RELATED LEGAL ISSUES, ASSESS FIREFIGHTER PERFORMANCE, AND DESIGN A FUNCTIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM.

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