Physical activity levels as a quantifier in police officers and cadets
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Department of Tourism and Recreation, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Lublin, Poland
Department of Tourism and Recreation, University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Akademicka 13, 20-950, Lublin, Poland
Int J Occup Med Environ Health. 2014;27(3):498-505
Objectives: The aim of the present study was to determine the physical activity levels of active duty police officers and police academy cadets in different life domains and intensities. These parameters were treated as potential quantifiers that could be used when assessing individuals preparing for work as future police officers. Material and Methods: The study recruited 153 active police officers and 176 cadets attending a police academy and administered a diagnostic survey, the long-form version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire, while in the statistical analysis the Student's t-test for independent groups was applied. Results: It was determined that police officers present high physical activity levels within the work domain, which are developed from initial training at a police academy and then throughout their police career. Conclusions: Such data are important in the light of the role police officers play in public safety as well as the prominence of physical activity within a particular profession and how it can be targeted and tailored to their needs.
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