A study published in the October edition of the Journal of Exercise Physiology (online) highlights the positive impact of the O2X Human Performance Program.
Specified Training to Improve Functional Fitness and Reduce Injury and Lost Workdays in Active Duty Firefighters: Read More
Musculoskeletal injuries are common in active duty firefighters. These injuries have significant medical and operational effects including increased prevalence of cardiovascular disease and excessive costs related to treatment and disability. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a comprehensive health, wellness, and safety initiative on overall fitness and injury prevalence in active duty firefighters. This retrospective analysis, collected data from firefighters (N=148) who participated in O2X training programs between September 2016 and March 2017. The training consisted of an initial lead-in week that included 40 hrs of lectures and supervised physical training followed by a periodized, tactical exercise training program. Demographics and performance scores from a battery of tests known as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were collected at baseline and at the end of each 16-wk program. The number of injuries contributing to paid time off, sick calls, salary and overtime costs, incidence of musculoskeletal injury, and incidence of disease were evaluated. KPIs improved in more than 89% of the population, depending on the fitness outcome. Overall cost savings was $6.3 million. The most impactful changes included a 19% reduction in monthly injuries and paid time off, 39% reduction in monthly sick calls, 33.3% reduction in costs related to Cardiac disease, 23.4% reduction in Cancer-related costs, and a 20% reduction in neck injury costs. These data demonstrate that the five principles of improvement established and reinforced by O2X are effective in instilling sustainable gains, functional fitness, and reducing injury in fire department personnel.
Citation: La Reau AC, Urso ML, Long B. Specified Training to Improve Functional Fitness and Reduce Injury and Lost Workdays in Active Duty Firefighters. JEPonline 2018;21(5):49-57.
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