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Firefighters' physical activity across multiple shifts of planned burn work

Chappel, Stephanie E., Aisbett, Brad, Vincent, Grace E. and Ridgers, Nicola D. 2016, Firefighters' physical activity across multiple shifts of planned burn work, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 13, no. 10, Article number : 973, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.3390/ijerph13100973.

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Title Firefighters' physical activity across multiple shifts of planned burn work
Author(s) Chappel, Stephanie E.ORCID iD for Chappel, Stephanie E. orcid.org/0000-0001-6559-8929
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Vincent, Grace E.
Ridgers, Nicola D.ORCID iD for Ridgers, Nicola D. orcid.org/0000-0001-5713-3515
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 13
Issue number 10
Season Article number : 973
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) actigraphy
environment
firefighting
hazard reduction burning
prescribed burning
workplace
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS
ENERGY-EXPENDITURE
PROJECT-AQUARIUS
HAND TOOLS
TIME
ACCELEROMETRY
FIRES
PHYSIOLOGY
DRINKING
BEHAVIOR
Summary Little is currently known about the physical activity patterns of workers in physically demanding populations. The aims of this study were to (a) quantify firefighters' physical activity and sedentary time within (2-h periods) and across planned burn shifts; and (b) examine whether firefighters' activity levels during one shift or 2-h period was associated with their activity levels in the following shift or 2-h period. Thirty-four salaried firefighters (26 men, 8 women) wore an Actical accelerometer for 28 consecutive days. Time spent sedentary (SED) and in light- (LPA), moderate- (MPA) and vigorous-intensity physical activity (VPA) were derived using validated cut-points. Multilevel analyses (shift, participant) were conducted using generalised linear latent and mixed models. Firefighters spent the majority of a planned burn shift (average length 10.4 h) or 2-h period engaged in LPA (69% and 70%, respectively). No significant associations were observed between SED and physical activity levels between consecutive planned burned shifts or 2-h periods. The physical activity that a firefighter engaged in during one shift (or 2-h period) did not subsequently affect their physical activity levels in the subsequent shift (or 2-h period). Further research is needed to establish how workers in physically demanding populations are able to sustain their activity levels over long periods of time.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph13100973
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089628

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