Saturday, November 2, 2019

STIP Student Alexis Haden Conducts Data Analysis and Recording of Fitness Testing for Public Safety Officers

In order for our public safety officers to be the best they can and to be able to provide us with safety when needed, they will need adequate physical therapy available. They are expected to be able to perform at high levels and be physically fit for their specific job tasks at hand.  

This summer, I had the pleasure to work alongside not only some of my own peers and mentors in the Athletic Training program, but also Kinesiology peers and mentors. Our research’s purpose was to investigate quality of life, movement ability and fitness levels of Firefighters in Prince William County in order to assist in lowering risks of injuries .I became interested in this topic when we had gotten an email explaining how we would be able to be a part of a research project that was not only going to be valuable but also a fun experience that would help set us apart from other applicants in the future when seeking further education and employment. During this term, I was in charge of putting all of the data that was collected form out movement and fitness testing sessions as well as the survey results into a spreadsheet with one of my peers. We had the task of keeping the data organized, up to data and easy to understand. All of the notes form our other peers were entered in in order to ensure a complete transfer or information and all data was double checked before final completion of the spreadsheet. 

One thing I discovered throughout this term that the team effort as well as individual determination is really what made a successful Summer Impact Project. I also had learned a lot about what it takes to maintain fitness levels as a firefighter, commonly referred to as being “fire” fit. Understanding the evaluations and annual fitness tests that a firefighter has to pass allows one to fully understand why physical and mental fitness matters during daily actions.