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Needs Analysis for Mountain Search and Rescue

Conolly, Michelle MSc, CSCS1; Elder, Craig PhD, ATC, CSCS, CSPS2; Dawes, Jay PhD, CSCS*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA2

Strength & Conditioning Journal: August 2015 - Volume 37 - Issue 4 - p 35–42
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000124
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ABSTRACT INDIVIDUALS BELONGING TO MOUNTAIN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY IN TECHNICAL ROCK RESCUE, WILDERNESS SEARCH, AND SNOW/ICE OPERATIONS TO SAVE LIVES FROM INCIDENTS IN THE BACKCOUNTRY. IN MOST CASES, A HIGH LEVEL OF FITNESS IS REQUIRED TO SUCCESSFULLY PERFORM THESE TASKS. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ARTICLE IS TO PROVIDE THE READER WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THE ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS, AS WELL AS THE FITNESS AND PERFORMANCE NEEDS FOR THIS GROUP OF OCCUPATIONAL ATHLETES.

1University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO; and

2Department of Health Sciences, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Michelle Conollyis a former member of the EL Paso County Search and Rescue team and graduate of the Master of Sciences in Sports Medicine from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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Craig Elderis an associate professor and the graduate coordinator for Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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Jay Dawesis an assistant professor of Strength and Conditioning in Health Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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