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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    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
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 ml.kg-1.min-1) 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.
Authors:
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    
Affiliation:
Faculty of Nursing & School of Health Sciences Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Analysis of Variance
Anthropometry
Humans
Male
Physical Fitness / physiology*
Reference Values
Swimming* / injuries

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