Functional Firefighter High-Intensity Training—A Case for Optimizing Performance and Injury Prevention

by Nicholas Martinez, T.J. Resinger, Chris Ellis, Austin Jacobsen, and Minervino Labrador
TSAC Report October 2020
Vol 57, Issue 4

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This article explains the use of structured functional fitness programs for injury prevention and enhanced job performance in fire service personnel.

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This article originally appeared in TSAC Report, the NSCA’s quarterly, online-only publication geared toward the training of tactical athletes, operators, and facilitators. It provides research-based articles, performance drills, and conditioning techniques for operational, tactical athletes. The TSAC Report is only available for NSCA Members. Read more articles from TSAC Report 

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