The impact of fitness levels on marksmanship: A critical narrative review

Hannah Muirhead, Sasha Birge, Rob Marc Orr, Ben Schram, Jay Dawes

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Abstract

PURPOSE: The occupational demands of a police officer can vary between two divergent roles; one being more sedentary and the other including physically challenging field based manual tasks. With the high risk nature of this occupation, police officers are also expected to accurately aim and fire a weapon if needed. The aim of this critical review was to identify, critically appraise and synthesize the key findings of studies that investigated relationships between levels of fitness against marksmanship ability. METHOD: Using key words, academic databases were searched with identified studies subjected to dedicated inclusion and exclusion criteria. Included studies were critically appraised using a modified Downs and Black checklist, and a level of evidence was determined. Relevant data were extracted, tabulated and synthesized. RESULTS: From an initial 1450, eight studies were included for review. With a mean appraisal score of 68.5 ± 9.3% (range: 53.6% - 80.4%), there was a substantial interrater agreement (k = 0.642) between raters. A variety of fitness measures were used prior to marksmanship tasks, with the most common measure (n = 7) being grip strength. In four studies, grip strength was found to be significantly correlated with marksmanship. CONCLUSION: Although their currently exists a variety of fitness measures and fitness levels among police agencies and police officers, it is important to monitor and maintain grip strength ability in officers for the safety of the officer, their colleagues and the general public.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
EventRocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2019 - Denver, United States
Duration: 1 Mar 20192 Mar 2019
https://www.acsm.org/acsm-membership/regional-chapters/acsm-chapters/rocky-mountain/annual-meeting

Conference

ConferenceRocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting 2019
Abbreviated titleRMACSM
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period1/03/192/03/19
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