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Impact of a 12-Week Postgraduate Training Course on the Body Composition and Physical Abilities of Police Trainees

Čvorović, Aleksandar1; Kukić, Filip1; Orr, Robin M.2; Dawes, Jay J.3; Jeknić, Velimir4; Stojković, Miloš4

The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: October 17, 2018 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002834
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Čvorović, A, Kukić, F, Orr, RM, Dawes, JJ, Jeknić, V, and Stojković, M. Impact of a 12-week postgraduate training course on the body composition and physical abilities of police trainees. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000–000, 2018—The main objective of this study was to determine the effects of a 12-week physical training program on police trainees at the Abu Dhabi Police College. Anthropometric and fitness testing data for 325 healthy trainees, enrolled in an academic course for qualification as a police officer, were analyzed. The trainees were tested 3 times, during the initial (week 1), midpoint (week 7), and final testing (week 13) phases of the training program. The tested variables included anthropometry (body mass [BM]), body composition (body mass index [BMI]; waist circumference [WC]; waist-to-height ratio [WHtR]), upper-body muscular endurance (1-minute push-up [PU]), trunk muscular endurance (1-minute sit-up [SU]), and aerobic endurance (2.4-km run [RUN]). A 1-way analysis of variance with post hoc Bonferroni adjustment was performed to investigate the changes in anthropometry and fitness across the 3 testing periods with percentages of change calculated at each testing stage. Alpha levels were set at 0.05 a priori. Statistically significant differences (range of p values from p < 0.001 to p < 0.05) were found in all tested variables (BM, BMI, WC, WHtR, PU, SU, and RUN) and between all testing stages (initial, midpoint, and final). A progressive physical training program that incorporates mesocycles and midpoint evaluations can have a positive impact on the fitness of trainees even when undergoing a busy academy program.

1Police Sports Education Center, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;

2Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia;

3University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and

4Abu Dhabi Police College, Ministry of Interior, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Address correspondence to Dr. J.J. Dawes, jdawes@uccs.edu.

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