Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Examination of 7 Years of Biannual University Police Department Fitness Assessment Data

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

An Examination of 7 Years of Biannual University Police Department Fitness Assessment Data

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Daniel P. Connaughton, Heather A. Hausenblas, Erin A. Dannecker, and Timm R. Lovins, University of Florida

When law enforcement officers (LEO) are physically fit, their abilities to perform are enhanced, they are less likely to experience injury, disability, and/or early death and they project a positive image that instills confidence in the groups they serve. Therefore, the ability to achieve departmental objectives while minimizing financial costs to the public is enhanced. The purpose of this study was to compare departmental results of a mandatory, university police department physical fitness assessment (FA) program to normative data (Institute for Aerobic Research, 1994). Data were obtained from 14 batteries of FAs that were performed each April and October from 1992 to 1999. Participants were men ranging in age from 20-29 years (n = 21) and 30-39 years (n = 10) who completed the following FAs according to ACSM (1995) procedures: sit-and-reach flexibility (FL) test, 3-site skinfold body composition (BC) measurement, abdominal (AM) curl-up test, push-up (PU) test, and cardiorespiratory endurance (CR) submaxim al bicycle ergometer test. For the 20-29 years age group, FA results were: FL (M = 18.64, SD = .69), BC (M = 18.57, SD = 2.58), AM (M = 57.84, SD = 3.34), PU (M = 54. …

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