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The resistance evaluation: Effects of a specific training program on professional fire-fighter cardio-respiratory fitness

Author(s): P.J. Mourão | F.J. Gonçalves

Journal: Motricidade
ISSN 1646-107X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2008;
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The fire-fighters have an increased risk for developing cardiac pathologies and also a higher index of premature death than other individuals that perform high risk jobs. In this way, low physical fitness obviously limits fire-fighter performance, as well as degrades their health. However this fact not only damages the individual fire-fighter but also the institution that he represents hence severely questioning property and general public safety. The cardio-respiratory fitness had been identify as the most important physical fitness component. In this way, we developed a 12 weeks training program, to improve the cardio-respiratory fitness in a Professional fire-fighters corporation. According to reference values, before training these fire-fighters did not have enough cardio-respiratory fitness to adequately perform their job requirements with efficacy and safety (VO2máx=44,17ml/kg/min). However after training there was great improvement (VO2máx=52,69 ml/kg/min), providing a safe and more qualified service for the general population.

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