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Findley Brian W.; Brown, Lee E.; Whitehurst, Michael; Gilbert, Russell; Apold, Susanna A.
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: November 1995
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ABSTRACTThe purpose of this study was to determine whether physical fitness declines with age in male firefighters. A total of 159 firefighters were divided into three age groups (20–29, n = 48; 30–39, n = 92; 40–49, n = 19) and were evaluated for body fat, trunk flexion, abdominal muscular endurance, upper body muscular endurance, estimated cardiorespiratory endurance (JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199511000-00012/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235155Z/r/image-pngO2), and upper body strength (1-RM bench press). Regression analysis revealed a significant (p < 0.05) decline in abdominal muscular endurance by age group. No significant changes were discovered in any of the other parameters. Results reveal that male firefighters tend to maintain fitness levels with the exception of a decrease in abdominal muscular endurance with age.

The purpose of this study was to determine whether physical fitness declines with age in male firefighters. A total of 159 firefighters were divided into three age groups (20–29, n = 48; 30–39, n = 92; 40–49, n = 19) and were evaluated for body fat, trunk flexion, abdominal muscular endurance, upper body muscular endurance, estimated cardiorespiratory endurance (JOURNAL/jscr/04.02/00124278-199511000-00012/ENTITY_OV0312/v/2017-07-20T235155Z/r/image-pngO2), and upper body strength (1-RM bench press). Regression analysis revealed a significant (p < 0.05) decline in abdominal muscular endurance by age group. No significant changes were discovered in any of the other parameters. Results reveal that male firefighters tend to maintain fitness levels with the exception of a decrease in abdominal muscular endurance with age.

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