Physical Abilities Testing Validation for Public Safety

by John E. Combs, MA, CSCS
TSAC Report April 2014
Vol 35, Issue 1


Those who are in key decision-making positions should understand the importance of proper research, validation, and implementation procedures when developing physical fitness standards.

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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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John Combs is the School Director and Chief Instructor for the Physical Fitness and Subject Control and Arrest Techniques Training Programs at the Nor ...

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