Physiological Responses to Defensive Tactics Training in Correctional Populations – Implications for Health Screening and Physical Training

by Robert Lockie, PhD, TSAC-F
TSAC Report June 2017

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Correctional officers can achieve heart rates that are indicative of maximal effort exercise during a simulated confrontation with a noncompliant inmate. Given the nature of the position, agencies should attempt to hire individuals that have the potential to be able to work in these situations and training instructors should ensure they are physically developed so they can function and make correct decisions when providing maximal effort under stress.

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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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Robert Lockie is an Assistant Professor in Strength and Conditioning at California State University, Fullerton. He obtained his undergraduate and hono...

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