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A physiological profile of elite surf ironmen, full time lifeguards & patrolling surf life savers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8937664     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The physiological profiles and proficiency of 32 volunteer surf life savers (LS), 15 professional lifeguards (LG), and 8 elite surf ironmen (IM) aged from 18 to 44 were compared. Measurements included anthropometry, muscular power, muscular strength-endurance, flexibility, VO2max, maximum heart rate, peak blood lactate response and proficiency in 3 rescue simulations. Both LG and IM were significantly faster than LS in all rescue simulations. IM had significantly greater VO2max (68.6 than LS (56.3) and LG (57.9). IM had significantly lower heart rates than LS after maximal swimming and running, and significantly lower blood lactate 3 minutes post swim (8.4 mmol/L) in comparison with LS (14.0) and LG (12.2). LG obtained better results than LS in 2 of the 3 muscular strength-endurance tasks. It is concluded that: LG and IM are significantly faster in aquatic rescue simulations than LS; IM have greater aerobic capacities than both other groups; the majority of Australian LS have adequate fitness and aquatic skills for surf rescue, although a small subset of LS do not. This group of poorly performing LS are not identified by current surf rescue screening procedures.
J P Gulbin; J W Fell; P T Gaffney
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian journal of science and medicine in sport     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0813-6289     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust J Sci Med Sport     Publication Date:  1996 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-06     Completed Date:  1997-03-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9012781     Medline TA:  Aust J Sci Med Sport     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  86-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Nursing & School of Health Sciences Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Reference Values
Swimming* / injuries

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