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ERIC Number: EJ840632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
Predicting Performance on a Firefighter's Ability Test from Fitness Parameters
Michaelides, Marcos A.; Parpa, Koulla M.; Thompson, Jerald; Brown, Barry
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v79 n4 p468-475 Dec 2008
The purpose of this project was to identify the relationships between various fitness parameters such as upper body muscular endurance, upper and lower body strength, flexibility, body composition and performance on an ability test (AT) that included simulated firefighting tasks. A second intent was to create a regression model that would predict firefighter performance on the test. Thirty-eight experienced firefighters performed the AT and underwent assessments for the fitness parameters. Multiple regression analyses indicated that variation in the fitness parameters explained a significant, F(6, 36) = 6.31, p less than 0.001, proportion (55%) of the variation observed in the AT. The results demonstrated that upper muscular strength and endurance as well as low body composition were significantly related (p less than 0.01) to better performances on the simulated firefighting tasks. Variables such as low back and hamstring flexibility, upper and lower body strength, and body composition may contribute significantly to the model's predictive power. (Contains 7 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas