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NCJ Number: 50851 Find in a Library
Title: CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE HEALTH MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
Journal: POLICE CHIEF  Volume:45  Issue:7  Dated:(JULY 1978)  Pages:58-63
Author(s): E P LEONARD; J R ANTHONY; D N CAMAIONE; C J FORKIOTIS
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED BY THE CONNECTICUT STATE POLICE COMBINES REGULAR PHYSICAL CHECK-UPS WITH AN EXERCISE ROUTINE TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HEART DISEASE, BACK PROBLEMS, AND INJURIES ON THE JOB.
Abstract: THE PROGRAM BEGAN AFTER A STUDY CONDUCTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE SHOWED THAT POLICE OFFICERS AGED 36-52 WERE BELOW THE PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOUND IN OTHERS OF THEIR AGE GROUP. OLDER POLICE OFFICERS GENERALLY HAD EXCESSIVE BODY WEIGHT AND FAT, HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS, AND MANY SMOKED EXCESSIVELY AND DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN REGULAR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. THE PROGRAM COMBINES REGULAR MEDICAL CHECKUPS WITH EXERCISES TARGETTED AT PROBLEMS COMMON TO POLICE OFFICERS. SINCE OFFICERS WHO SPEND CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF TIME SITTING IN CRUISERS OFTEN DEVELOP BACK PROBLEMS, BACK FLEXIBILITY AND STRENGTHENING EXERCISES ARE INCLUDED. EXERCISES FOR ARM STRENGTH, OVERALL AGILITY, AND IMPROVED CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITION ARE INCLUDED. THE PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN BETTER HEALTH FOR OFFICERS WHILE ON DUTY AND BETTER HEALTH AFTER RETIREMENT.
Index Term(s): Connecticut; Physical training; State police
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