Transferring Physical Conditioning Principles to Practice to Enhance Performance in Tactical Personnel

by Michael Rogers, CSCS, TSAC-F
TSAC Report July 2019
Vol 52, Issue 3


This article provides methods used by tactical facilitators, related research articles, and professional interviews to demonstrate how physical conditioning facilitates the transition from practice to duty for service members, including law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel.

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