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RHEA MATTHEW R.; ALVAR, BRENT A.; GRAY, RAYNE
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research: May 2004
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ABSTRACTAccurate correlations between a wide range of physical fitness measures and occupational demands are needed in order to identify specific fitness tests and training needs for firefighters. Twenty professional firefighters performed numerous fitness and job-related performance tests. Pearson product moment correlations were performed to identify the relationship between fitness components and job performance. Significant correlations (p <0.05) with job performance were identified for total fitness (r = —0.62), bench press strength (r = —0.66), hand grip strength (r = —0.71), bent-over row endurance (r = —0.61), bench press endurance (r = —0.73), shoulder press endurance (r = —0.71), bicep endurance (r = —0.69), squat endurance (r = —0.47), and 400-m sprint time (r = 0.79). It is apparent that firefighting taxes virtually all aspects of physical fitness. These data can help the exercise specialist choose appropriate tests and prescribe specific fitness programs for firefighters. Traditional firefighter exercise programs focusing mainly on cardiovascular fitness should be replaced with physical conditioning programs that address all components of fitness.

Accurate correlations between a wide range of physical fitness measures and occupational demands are needed in order to identify specific fitness tests and training needs for firefighters. Twenty professional firefighters performed numerous fitness and job-related performance tests. Pearson product moment correlations were performed to identify the relationship between fitness components and job performance. Significant correlations (p <0.05) with job performance were identified for total fitness (r = —0.62), bench press strength (r = —0.66), hand grip strength (r = —0.71), bent-over row endurance (r = —0.61), bench press endurance (r = —0.73), shoulder press endurance (r = —0.71), bicep endurance (r = —0.69), squat endurance (r = —0.47), and 400-m sprint time (r = 0.79). It is apparent that firefighting taxes virtually all aspects of physical fitness. These data can help the exercise specialist choose appropriate tests and prescribe specific fitness programs for firefighters. Traditional firefighter exercise programs focusing mainly on cardiovascular fitness should be replaced with physical conditioning programs that address all components of fitness.

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