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Fit for Fire: A 10-Week Low-Cost HIFT Experiential Learning Initiative between Underrepresented Kinesiology Undergraduates and Hypertensive Deconditioned Firefighters Improves Their Health and Fitness

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College of Health, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA 30260, USA
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Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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Department of Basic Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies at Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, W.I.
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Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS 38677, USA
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Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(1), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11010033
Received: 10 December 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 18 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching and Learning in Exercise and Environmental Physiology)
The aims of this study were to investigate the feasibility of an experiential learning initiative led by minority exercise science undergraduates and to observe the adaptations after a 10-week high-intensity functional training (HIFT) program in 34 underrepresented, hypertensive, and overweight/obese professional firefighters (PFF; age: 36.8 ± 11.0 years, body weight: 97.3 ± 21.5 kg, height: 181.7 ± 6.6 cm; BMI: 29.2 ± 4.9 kg/m2). Data were analyzed for muscular strength and endurance, cardiorespiratory endurance, body composition, agility, flexibility, and readiness for change. The PFFs trained two to three times weekly during their work shifts at vigorous intensity for 40 min. Their resting diastolic blood pressure and resting heart rate significantly decreased. Improvements in agility, muscular strength, and readiness for change were observed. This HIFT experiential learning initiative was feasible and beneficial and improved the PFFs’ health and physical fitness with limited resources. Accredited programs in exercise science participating in low-cost initiatives may aid in mitigating public service workers’ compensation and injury rates to better respond to occupational demands. View Full-Text
Keywords: firefighting; experiential learning; kinesiology; hypertension; teaching; exercise physiology firefighting; experiential learning; kinesiology; hypertension; teaching; exercise physiology
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Poudevigne, M.; Day, C.; Campbell, E.; Mills, D.; Porter, R.; Zornosa, X.; Andre, T. Fit for Fire: A 10-Week Low-Cost HIFT Experiential Learning Initiative between Underrepresented Kinesiology Undergraduates and Hypertensive Deconditioned Firefighters Improves Their Health and Fitness. Educ. Sci. 2021, 11, 33. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11010033

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Poudevigne M, Day C, Campbell E, Mills D, Porter R, Zornosa X, Andre T. Fit for Fire: A 10-Week Low-Cost HIFT Experiential Learning Initiative between Underrepresented Kinesiology Undergraduates and Hypertensive Deconditioned Firefighters Improves Their Health and Fitness. Education Sciences. 2021; 11(1):33. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11010033

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Poudevigne, Melanie, Christina Day, Eon Campbell, Da’Lynn Mills, Reginald Porter, Ximena Zornosa, and Thomas Andre. 2021. "Fit for Fire: A 10-Week Low-Cost HIFT Experiential Learning Initiative between Underrepresented Kinesiology Undergraduates and Hypertensive Deconditioned Firefighters Improves Their Health and Fitness" Education Sciences 11, no. 1: 33. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci11010033

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