Next Article in Journal
Appropriate LDL-C-to-HDL-C Ratio Cutoffs for Categorization of Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among Uygur Adults in Xinjiang, China
Next Article in Special Issue
Slaughterhouses Fungal Burden Assessment: A Contribution for the Pursuit of a Better Assessment Strategy
Previous Article in Journal
Distributions, Early Diagenesis, and Spatial Characteristics of Amino Acids in Sediments of Multi-Polluted Rivers: A Case Study in the Haihe River Basin, China
Previous Article in Special Issue
Health Risk Assessment for Inhalation Exposure to Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether at Petrol Stations in Southern China
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(2), 237; doi:10.3390/ijerph13020237

Leg Power As an Indicator of Risk of Injury or Illness in Police Recruits

1
Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD 4226, Australia
2
Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD 4226, Australia
3
New South Wales Police Department, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia
These authors contributed equally to this work.
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Andrew Watterson
Received: 7 December 2015 / Revised: 22 January 2016 / Accepted: 10 February 2016 / Published: 19 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Safety and Related Impacts on Health and the Environment)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [270 KB, uploaded 19 February 2016]

Abstract

Tactical trainees, like those entering the police force, are required to undergo vigorous training as part of their occupational preparation. This training has the potential to cause injuries. In addition, the physical training, communal living and pressures of tactical training are known to induce immune suppression and have the potential to increase the risk of illness. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between leg power, as measured by a vertical jump (VJ), and rates of reported injuries and illnesses during police recruit training. Retrospective data from recruits (n = 1021) undergoing basic police recruit training at an Australian Police Force College was collected. Recruits completed a VJ assessment at the commencement of their second state of training. Formally reported illness and injuries were collected 12 weeks later, following completion of training. Correlations between VJ height and rates of reported illness and injury were low (r = −0.16 and −0.09, respectively) but significant (p < 0.005), with VJ height accounting for 2.6% and 0.8% of the variance in illness and injury rates, respectively. In terms of relative risks, recruits with the lowest recorded VJ heights were more than three times as likely as those with highest VJ heights to suffer injury and/or illness. Police recruits with lower VJ height are at a significantly greater risk of suffering an injury or illness during police basic recruit training. View Full-Text
Keywords: tactical; law enforcement; vertical jump; injury prevention; fitness assessment tactical; law enforcement; vertical jump; injury prevention; fitness assessment
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Orr, R.; Pope, R.; Peterson, S.; Hinton, B.; Stierli, M. Leg Power As an Indicator of Risk of Injury or Illness in Police Recruits. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 237.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health EISSN 1660-4601 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top