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Thoracic Mobility for the Tactical Operator

October 8, 2018

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Tactical operators face many challenges in relation to their job and need to be able to move optimally in order to avoid injuries. The tools provided in this article may assist in helping to develop the ability to improve thoracic mobility in tactical operators.

TSAC Facilitators Program design TSAC Mobility Tactical Athlete Thoracic Mobility

Shoulder Taps – A Novel Time-Efficient Screening Tool for Tactical Operators

October 21, 2019

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This article presents the shoulder taps, which could serve as a more time-efficient screening tool for tactical operators. Although this article will present the shoulder taps as an assessment modality, it may be expanded upon and prescribed as an exercise for the purpose of improving trunk, hip, and shoulder stability.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Technique Program design Testing and Evaluation Movement Pattern Screening Tool FMS Tactical Operators

Scientifically Defensible Physical Testing for Tactical Operators

April 24, 2017

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In this session from the NSCA’s 2017 TSAC Annual Training, Tim Doyle teaches about the complexity of developing tests and standards for tactical populations and the importance of sound science backing the tests and standards.

TSAC Facilitators Organization and Administration Testing and Evaluation TSAC Tactical Operator Physical Testing Test Development

Protecting Our Public Protectors

April 29, 2013

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David Frost, PhD, CSCS, spoke at the NSCA's 2013 TSAC Conference on how strength and conditioning programs can support our tactical operators.

TSAC Facilitators Program design Organization and Administration TSAC Tactical Athlete Military Police Firefighter

SWAT Physical Fitness From an Operator's Perspective

April 28, 2014

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Join Sgt. Ron Sheppard as he talks about physical fitness from the specialized tactical perspective - in this case, the Colorado Springs Police Department SWAT team. With more than 20 years experience, Sgt. Sheppard provides the operators' view of fitness and training.

TSAC Facilitators Program design Professional Development Tactical Athlete TSAC SWAT Training SWAT Physical fitness

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

July 22, 2019

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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.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Program design Tactical Physical Conditioning Law Enforcement Military

Road to Nowhere: The Military’s Unhealthy Obsession with Running

August 5, 2019

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During 2018 TSAC Annual Training, the NSCA’s own Tactical Strength and Conditioning Program Manager, Nate Palin, discusses his personal and professional take on running in the military setting. Here Palin identifies the pros, risks, and shortcomings associated with run-centric physical training for special operations forces, as well as discusses more safe and efficient strength and conditioning alternatives to running-based fitness programs for these tactical operators.

TSAC Facilitators Program design Testing and Evaluation Aerobic Endurance Running Specificity Injury Prevention Mission

Tactical Programming Considerations—Preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test

June 22, 2015

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There are many factors to consider in the planning and implementation of any strength and conditioning program. With proper planning, tactical facilitators may be successful in preparing potential soldiers for the APFT.

TSAC Facilitators Program design AFPT programming fitness test

Physical Assessment of an Air National Guard Pararescue Team and the Importance of a Specialized Training Program

December 22, 2015

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The purpose of this article is to examine the effects and results of a training program designed specifically for United States Air Force (USAF) Pararescuemen.

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TSAC Report – April 2019 Research Column

October 31, 2019

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This article is part of a continuing series of tactical strength and conditioning (TSAC) research reviews. It is designed to bring awareness to new research findings of relevance to tactical strength and conditioning communities.

TSAC Facilitators Exercise Science Exercise Technique Program design Respiratory Response Personal Protective Equipment Musculoskeletal Injuries Metabolism Firefighters OPAT Police Officers Air Force Special Tactics Operators

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