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When it comes to exercise in the fire service, the varying theories are no less unique than the individual firefighters themselves.  The necessity for individuality in strength and conditioning programs creates a unique challenge for fire departments who are trying to come up with standardized methods for ensuring health, wellness, and fitness among their ranks.  It can be difficult to convince anyone, especially a firefighter, that what he or she is doing, or not doing, is at best inefficient and possibly counterproductive; it is even more challenging to get an entire station, battalion, or department to get on the same page. I believe that the department’s big picture view of this issue has to start with the selection of candidates and continue with education and performance testing through the academy and probation, and finally foster a healthy environment for the firefighter’s entire career. But since we are not starting a brand new fire department with a massive budget and forward thinking managers I will begin here and now with a few ideas of how to approach exercise from the injury prevention perspective. In my experience attacking fitness in this way helps to straighten out a few of the “individual needs” issues and will give you your best chance at a long, injury free, career and post-retirement golfing for years to come.

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