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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

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2011 - Volume 33 - Issue 4 - pp 31-42
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e318212f412
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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.

1Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; and 2Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Mark G. Abel a former firefighter and currently an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky.

Katie Sell an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Hofstra University.

Katie Dennison an emergency medical technician and a firefighter.

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