Seasonal Considerations for Outdoor Fitness Testing of Law Enforcement Recruits

by Ashley Bloodgood, Megan McGuire, and Robert G. Lockie, PhD, TSAC-F
February 2021
Vol 59, Issue 1

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This article discusses the variability in physical testing outcomes for law enforcement recruits based on the ambient temperatures and relative humidity present on test day.

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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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