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Assessment of Physical Fitness Aspects and Their Relationship to Firefighters' Job Abilities

Marcos Michaelides, Koulla Parpa, Leah Henry, Gerald Thompson and Barry Brown

Purpose: to identify the relationships between various fitness parameters and firefighting performance on an “Ability Test” (AT) that included a set of 6 simulated firefighting tasks.

Conclusions: This study demonstrated that fitness variables, such as abdominal strength, power (step test), push-ups, resting Hr, and BF%, contributed significantly to the predictive power of firefighters' AT performance.

IN PLAIN ENGLISH: The better “shape” on is in – whether one is an athlete, civilian, factory worker or firefighter, the better one can perform their duties when called upon to go all out.

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