Purpose: To determine baseline physical fitness characteristics and assess the effectiveness of an 11- week training program among firefighter recruits. Methods: Archived data for twenty-three (n=23, age 27.75 ± 3.64, ht: 178.5 + 6.9 cm, wt: 85.9 + 10.1 kg, BMI: 26.94 + 2.7) firefighter trainees were used for this analysis. This data included: age (yrs); height (cm); weight (kg), vertical jump eight, grip strength, upperbody strength (i.e. pull-ups), lower-body strength (3-RM hex-bar deadlift), and aerobic fitness (20-meter multistage fitness test). The training program consisted of three 1-hour physical training sessions per week (2 resistance training and 1 running aerobic session) in addition to their normal skill-specific training. Paired sample T-tests were used to determine if ignificant changes occurred over the 11 –weeks. Results: Significant changes from pre-to-post academy for body mass (-3%, p<0.001), BMI (-15.4%, p<0.001), pull-ups (24.5%, p<0.001), lower-body absolute strength (12.2%, p<0.001), lower body relative strength (14.8%, p<0.001), and 20MSFT (38.7%, p<0.001). Conclusion: Fitness can be improved during fire training academy with minimal equipment and specific fire ground training over an 11-week training academy.
|Publication status||Published - 10 Jul 2019|
|Event||42nd National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference and Exhibition - Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC, United States|
Duration: 10 Jul 2019 → 13 Jul 2019
|Conference||42nd National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference and Exhibition|
|Period||10/07/19 → 13/07/19|
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Stone, BL., Dawes, J., Goatcher, JD., Orr, R. M., Lockie, R. G., & Alvar, B. (2019). Changes in fitness over an 11-week training program among firefighter trainees. Poster session presented at 42nd National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) National Conference and Exhibition, Washington DC, United States.