A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters

C. W. Atikah, Nihayah Mohammad, J. H. Leonard, Baharudin Omar, Noor Ibrahim Mohamed Sakian, M. K. Zurkarnain, M. Jamri, I. Wan Mohd Noor

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Fire fighting is one of the most strenuous activities in the hazardous fire service industry. Firefighters have to be physically fit in order to provide an effective and safe fire prevention to the afflicted community and as well as to themselves. The aimed of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the physical fitness among Malaysian firefighters. The hand grip test to evaluate hand and muscular strength was measured using hand dynamometer and one-minute sit ups and one-minute push ups were conducted to measure abdominal muscle endurance. The sit and reach test was carried out to measure lower back and hamstring flexibility. VO2max was assessed by a 20 meter shuttle run test to measure cardiorespiratory fitness. A total of 385 subjects were participated and the results showed that 77.1% (n=297) and 84.8% (n=325) of them had very poor scores for hand grip strength and VO2 max, respectively. For one-minute sit ups, 40.8% (n=157) of subjects scored excellent. Meanwhile, 32.7% (n=126) subjects scored average for one-minute push ups. For flexibility test, 53.2% (n=205) subjects had poor flexibilty. The results showed there were significantly difference between one-minute sit ups (p2 max (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1461-1466
Number of pages6
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume44
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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Keywords

  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Firefighters
  • Malaysia
  • Muscle endurance
  • Muscle strength
  • Physical fitness

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Atikah, C. W., Mohammad, N., Leonard, J. H., Omar, B., Mohamed Sakian, N. I., Zurkarnain, M. K., ... Wan Mohd Noor, I. (2015). A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters. Sains Malaysiana, 44(10), 1461-1466.

A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters. / Atikah, C. W.; Mohammad, Nihayah; Leonard, J. H.; Omar, Baharudin; Mohamed Sakian, Noor Ibrahim; Zurkarnain, M. K.; Jamri, M.; Wan Mohd Noor, I.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 44, No. 10, 01.10.2015, p. 1461-1466.

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Atikah, CW, Mohammad, N, Leonard, JH, Omar, B, Mohamed Sakian, NI, Zurkarnain, MK, Jamri, M & Wan Mohd Noor, I 2015, 'A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters', Sains Malaysiana, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 1461-1466.
Atikah CW, Mohammad N, Leonard JH, Omar B, Mohamed Sakian NI, Zurkarnain MK et al. A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters. Sains Malaysiana. 2015 Oct 1;44(10):1461-1466.
Atikah, C. W. ; Mohammad, Nihayah ; Leonard, J. H. ; Omar, Baharudin ; Mohamed Sakian, Noor Ibrahim ; Zurkarnain, M. K. ; Jamri, M. ; Wan Mohd Noor, I. / A cross-sectional evaluation on physical fitness of Malaysian firefighters. In: Sains Malaysiana. 2015 ; Vol. 44, No. 10. pp. 1461-1466.
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