The more in shape the firefighter, the better they are at their job – or at least that’s the general belief. In reality, physical fitness isn’t enough. Even if occupational athletes such as firefighters, law enforcement officers, and construction workers are physically fit, without great movement quality they risk pain and problems later in their lives, as well as decreased job performance.
Over time, they risk more injuries and shortened careers if their training programs don’t emphasize proper movement quality. So, we set out to evaluate how different training methods could help firefighters improve their physical fitness as well as the way they moved their bodies.