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Document ID (ISN)105764
CIS number 06-1481
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Reilly T., Wooler A., Tipton M., Iggleden C., Gennser M.
Title Occupational fitness standards for beach lifeguards. Phase 1: The physiological demands of beach lifeguarding. Phase 2: The development of an easily administered fitness test
Bibliographic information Jan. 2006, Vol.56, No.1, p.6-17. Illus. 39 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) physical fitness; drowning; swimming pools
Descriptors (secondary) work capacity; oxygen intake; description of technique; aptitude tests; ventilatory capacity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom; Sweden
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Entertainment services and sports