|Document ID (ISN)||105764|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Reilly T., Wooler A., Tipton M., Iggleden C., Gennser M.
||Occupational fitness standards for beach lifeguards. Phase 1: The physiological demands of beach lifeguarding. Phase 2: The development of an easily administered fitness test
||Jan. 2006, Vol.56, No.1, p.6-17. Illus. 39 ref.
||Although similar standards exist internationally to select beach lifeguards (BLGs), these are generally not based on a task analysis. To reduce the likelihood of drowning, a BLG should reach a casualty within 3.5 min. The objective of this study was to quantify the physical demands of the most critical generic tasks undertaken by BLGs and to formulate an easily administered fitness test based on the physical demands identified. In a first phase of the study, a survey was conducted among 91 BLGs and their performance while carrying out standard tasks was measured in order to identify the most demanding activities. Based on these findings, a range of anthropometric and land and water-based fitness assessments were administered to 25 male and female volunteer subjects and used to design a fitness test for aptitude screening of BLGs.
||physical fitness; drowning; swimming pools
||work capacity; oxygen intake; description of technique; aptitude tests; ventilatory capacity
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom; Sweden|
|Broad subject area(s)
Industries and occupations
||Entertainment services and sports