The relationship between strength measures and task performance in specialist police

Rob Marc Orr, J Robinson, Ksaniel Hasanki, Kimberly Talaber, Ben Schram

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Aim: To determine the relationships between strength measures (absolute and relative) and occupational task performance in specialist police officers. Design: A retrospective cohort study. Method: Data were provided for 47 male specialist police officers from an elite Australian police unit. Data included body weight (mean = 89.0 ± 8.58kg), strength measures (1 Repetition Maximum [RM] measures for a bench press, squat, deadlift and pull-up) and task performance measures (85 kg Victim Drag wearing 15 kg of operational load and a 5 km Pack March wearing 40 kg of operational load). Relative strength measures were determined by dividing 1RM results with the officer’s bodyweight with the result provided as a ratio. Results: Significant, moderate to strong correlations were found between all strength measures and victim drag performance and significant negative moderate correlations were found between relative bench, absolute and relative squat and absolute and relative pushup and pack march times. The absolute deadlift was the strongest correlation to the victim drag (r = 0.747, p < 0.01) while the relative pull-up showed the strongest correlation with pack march performance (r = -0.466, p < 0.01). Conclusion: Significant associations exist between both absolute and relative strength measures and task performance in elite specialist police populations. The strength of these relationships may vary with different tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2019
EventTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 17 Oct 201919 Oct 2019 (Book of Abstracts)


ConferenceTRANSFORM 2019 Physiotherapy Conference
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