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Cardiovascular Fitness for Fire Fighters - IAFF

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  • Provider: ACE - American Council On Exercise
  • Credits: ACE 0.1 CECs , ACSM 1.0 CECs
  • Course Type: Self-Paced / Home Study
  • Course Contains: Online Content Online Quiz
  • American Council on Exercise American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Cardiovascular Fitness for Firefighters - IAFF was developed by Bob Karwasky, MS and George Cruz on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters. In this course, you will learn principles of testing and training for cardiovascular fitness and how this component of physical fitness relates directly to the profession of firefighting. You'll learn what factors influence maximal oxygen uptake, the energy costs of various fire-fighting tasks and how to conduct different tests to determine aerobic fitness. Understand the elements of program design to increase cardiovascular fitness and ultimately improve job performance.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the relevance of VO2max to aerobic endurance and firefighter job performance.
  2. Explain the premise behind selecting the Gerkin and Bruce protocols for aerobic testing.
  3. Design a program for the development of cardiovascular fitness incorporating the variables of frequency, duration, intensity and progression.


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