The headline (retrieved from www.fireengineering.com) reads: “More Firefighters Injured During Exercise than on the Job”
Here is a brief summary of the report released by the American Physical Therapy Association:
“Firefighters are more likely to be injured while exercising than while putting out fires, according to an article published online in Injury Prevention. Carrying patients is the task most likely to require time off from work.
Researchers looked at data for injuries sustained while at work for 21 fire stations serving the metropolitan area of Tucson, Arizona, between 2004 and 2009. The 650 employees included firefighters, paramedics, engineers, inspectors, and battalion chiefs. The average age was 41 years, and all but 5% were men.
During the study period, the average annual incidence of new injuries was 17.7 per 100 employees, most of whom were in their 30s and 40s.
Injuries sustained while exercising accounted for a third of the total, despite the fact that exercising is designed to keep employees in good physical condition, in a bid to stave off the risk of injury while doing their job.”