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Firefighter Performance- Stay Hydrated… Stay Alive

Heart attack and strokes are more likely to kill firefighters than an actual fire.  A recent research article just confirmed one of the major reasons why.   The research confirms that the physical demands of firefighting may trigger the formation of blood clots and impair blood vessel function — two factors associated with increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  (You …

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Improving Firefighter Cardiovascular Fitness

What do Fire Rescue Fitness Workouts and the Wisconsin Badgers Basketball Team have in common?   Before I answer that question, I need to explain a little about cardiovascular conditioning and VO2 max.  VO2max is a measure of the maximum rate at which an athlete’s body is able to consume oxygen when performing a specific activity, adjusted for body weight.   This …