Firefighting

ASSESSING FIREFIGHTER AEROBIC CAPACITY: THE ROCKPORT FIELD TEST

Issue 2 and Volume 151.

ASSESSING FIREFIGHTER AEROBIC CAPACITY: THE ROCKPORT FIELD TEST BY JOHN LECUYER In August 1997, the 14th International Association of Fire Fighter (IAFF) Redmond Symposium was held in Toronto, Canada. The Symposium introduced the end-product of the Fire Service Joint Labor/Management Wellness Fitness Initiative, a physical fitness and wellness program package. The package included a program manual covering medical evaluations, fitness, rehabilitation, and behavioral health and data collection. The physical fitness chapter identifies the components of fitness and includes fitness evaluation methods with several options for the cardiorespiratory component. The test protocols for each method are referenced in an appendix. This article presents an alternative mode of testing for the aerobic dimension not included in the manual–the Rockport one-mile walking test. AEROBIC CAPACITY Aerobic capacity refers to the body`s ability to take in, transport, and use oxygen. The maximal value is expressed as VO2max and reported in liters per minute (L/min-aerobic…

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