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Impact of a season of bike patrol on police officers’ level of fitness : a pilot study

Lehouillier Frédérique, Dugas Marc-Olivier et Lavallière Martin. (2021). Impact of a season of bike patrol on police officers’ level of fitness : a pilot study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (12), p. 6214-6225.

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Bike patrollers must have a good level of fitness to perform their patrolling duties adequately and effectively by bike and accomplish specific work tasks, which may require the use of various physical capacities. However, there is little information on the real workload associated with bike patrol and its impact on health. The purpose of this study was to assess the general physical fitness of police officers before and after a season of bike patrolling and then quantify its effects on each patroller’s health. All six male police officers (29.5 ± 4.3 years old) performed two complete physical fitness evaluations (PRE- and POST-season), which included anthropometric measurements (weight, waist circumference, and body mass index), a push-up test, a sit-up test, a grip strength test, a vertical jump test, a sit-and-reach test, and an aerobic capacity test on a bicycle ergometer. Paired t-tests were used to evaluate the differences in test performance between the PRE- and POST-season. Grip strength, estimated VO2max, and power deployed on the bike all showed significant improvement after the season (p-value 0.0133; 0.007; and 0.003, respectively). No significant differences were found among the evaluation’s other components (p > 0.05). Results show the workload associated with a bike patrol season caused a considerable improvement in grip strength, VO2max, and power deployed on the bike, and might be beneficial for their overall health as a work-integrated avenue to keep the officers fit for duty. Further research on the subject is suggested.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Pages:p. 6214-6225
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Identifiant unique:10.3390/ijerph18126214
Sujets:Sciences de la santé
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation
Sciences de la santé > Sciences de l'activité physique et réadaptation > Kinésiologie
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Programmes d'études en kinésiologie
Mots-clés:bike patrol, work demand, cardiovascular test, fitness, fit for duty, patrouille à vélo, demande de travail, test cardiovasculaire, condition physique, aptitude au travail.
Déposé le:23 juin 2021 17:32
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