Progression for First Responders to Help Prevent Lifting Injuries

by Bryan Fass, ATC, CSCS
TSAC Report April 2013
Vol 38, Issue 1

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This article contains a sample progression to use with high call volume fire departments to help maintain mobility while building job-specific strength and avoiding a hyper-fatigued state.

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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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References

1. Abel, M. “Training Firefighters On-Duty: Recommended or Irresponsible?” TSAC Annual Training. Lecture conducted at the Wyndham Resort: Orlando, FL; 2015.
2. Frost, D. “Can Firefighter Injuries be Prevented? Movement Screening and Exercise Progressions.” TSAC Annual Training. Lecture conducted at the Wyndham Resort: Orlando, FL; 2015.
3. Waters, TR, Putz-Anderson, V, and Garg, A. Applications Manual for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation. Published through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Accessed June 2015 from http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/94-110/pdfs/94-110.pdf. 1994.
4. Weiler, MR, Lavender, SA, Crawford, JM, Reichelt, PA, Conrad, KM, and Browne, MW. A structural equation modelling approach to predicting adoption of a patient-handling intervention developed for EMS providers. Ergonomics 56(11): 1698-1707, 2013.

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