Aim: To determine relationships between fitness measures and change of direction speed in female police officers with and without occupational loads. Design: A retrospective cohort study. Method: Retrospective data were provided for 27 female police officers (age=32.19±5.09 yrs: height=162.78±5.01 cm: mass=71.31±13.42 kg) and included fitness measures of: power (standing long jump [SLJ]), muscle endurance (push-ups [PU, sit-ups [SU]), aerobic capacity (est. VO2max), and change of direction speed (CODS; Illinois agility test). The CODS test was performed without and with occupational load (10 kg load). Paired samples t-tests (between-load conditions) and Pearson’s correlations (relationships between measures) were performed. Results: CODS was significantly slower when loaded (unloaded=~23.17s: loaded=~24.14s, p<.001) with a strong, significant relationship between load conditions (r=.956, p<.001). Moderate-to-strong, significant 212 relationships were found between all fitness measures ranging from VO2max (r=-.448) to SU (r=-.673) in the unloaded condition, with the strength of these relationships increasing in the loaded condition. Conclusion: While unloaded agility performance was strongly associated with loaded performance, female police officer CODS was significantly reduced when carrying occupational loads. A variety of fitness measures that influence officer CODS performance become of increasing importance when occupational loads are carried. Key Practice Points: • Unloaded CODS performance (as measured by the Illinois agility test) can be used to gauge readiness to perform loaded CODS. • Lower-body power and trunk endurance become increasingly important when female police officers carry occupational loads, and must be considered when including occupational loads as part of return-to-work programming. Proposed impact, if any, on the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: The results of this research are likely to have no greater impact on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population above that of the non-Indigenous population
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2019|
|Event||TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 17 Oct 2019 → 19 Oct 2019
|Conference||TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference|
|Period||17/10/19 → 19/10/19|
Orr, R. M., Kukić, F., Koropanovski, N., Cvorovic, A., Dawes, J., & Lockie, R. G. (2019). Associations Between Fitness Measures And Change Of Direction Speed With And Without Occupational Loads In Female Police Officers. 211-212. Abstract from TRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference, Adelaide, Australia.