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Physical Fitness Characteristics That Relate to Work Sample Test Battery Performance in Law Enforcement Recruits

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Department of Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, CA 92831, USA
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO 80918, USA
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Recruit Training Unit, Training Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles, CA 90022, USA
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Tactical Research Unit, Bond University, Robina, QLD 4226, Australia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(11), 2477; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112477
Received: 23 August 2018 / Revised: 22 October 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 6 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
This study determined relationships between an agency-specific fitness test battery (PT500), and a work sample test battery (WSTB) in law enforcement recruits. Retrospective analysis on 219 males and 34 females from one agency was conducted. The PT500 comprised: push-ups, sit-ups, and mountain climbers in 120 s; pull-ups; and 201 m and 2.4 km runs. The WSTB comprised: 99 yard (90.53 m) obstacle course (99OC); body drag (BD) with a 165 pound (75 kg) dummy; 6 foot (1.83 m) chain link fence (CLF) and solid wall (SW) climb; and 500 yard (457.2 m) run (500R). Partial correlations, controlling for sex, calculated PT500 and WSTB relationships (p < 0.05). Stepwise regression determined whether fitness predicted WSTB performance. The 500R related to all PT500 assessments (r range = −0.127–0.574), 99OC related to all bar push-ups and mountain climbers, and BD related to none. The CLF related to sit-ups, pull-ups, and 2.4 km run; SW related to mountain climbers, pull-ups, and 2.4 km run (r range = −0.127–−0.315). Push-ups, pull-ups, and 2.4 km run were involved in predictive relationships for 99OC, CLF, SW, and 500R (r2 range = 0.217–0.500). To perform better in the WSTB and job-specific tasks, developing upper-body strength and aerobic fitness may be beneficial. View Full-Text
Keywords: aerobic capacity; anaerobic capacity; deputy sheriff; job-specific; police; muscular endurance; tactical aerobic capacity; anaerobic capacity; deputy sheriff; job-specific; police; muscular endurance; tactical
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Lockie, R.G.; Dawes, J.J.; Balfany, K.; Gonzales, C.E.; Beitzel, M.M.; Dulla, J.M.; Orr, R.M. Physical Fitness Characteristics That Relate to Work Sample Test Battery Performance in Law Enforcement Recruits. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112477

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Lockie RG, Dawes JJ, Balfany K, Gonzales CE, Beitzel MM, Dulla JM, Orr RM. Physical Fitness Characteristics That Relate to Work Sample Test Battery Performance in Law Enforcement Recruits. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(11):2477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112477

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Lockie, Robert G.; Dawes, J. J.; Balfany, Katherine; Gonzales, Ciara E.; Beitzel, Maria M.; Dulla, Joseph M.; Orr, Robin M. 2018. "Physical Fitness Characteristics That Relate to Work Sample Test Battery Performance in Law Enforcement Recruits" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 11: 2477. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15112477

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