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Cardiorespiratory fitness in a representative sample of Belgian firefighters

(2014) OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD. 64(8). p.589-594
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Background: An important aspect of occupational health surveillance of firefighters is cardiorespiratory fitness. In Belgium, representative data on firefighters' cardiorespiratory fitness assessed in a standardized way are lacking. Aims: To report data on cardiorespiratory fitness, body mass index (BMI) and total body fat percentage in a large cohort of Belgian firefighters; to relate the data on cardiorespiratory fitness to the new Belgian criteria and to explore the relationship of cardiorespiratory fitness with age, BMI and total body fat. Methods: VO2-max was assessed in male firefighters by maximal exercise test on a treadmill. Total body fat percentage was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Stratified analyses of mean VO2-max and proportions of subjects that did not meet the criteria were performed for different age, total body fat percentage and BMI categories. Relationships between VO2-max and the continuous variables were explored in univariate (correlation coefficients) and multivariate analyses (multiple linear regression analysis). Results: In 1225 participating firefighters (96% participation rate), mean VO2-max was 46.5 ml/kg/min. Percentages of subjects that did not meet the criteria ranged from 1 to 83% depending on age, BMI and total body fat percentage. Both in univariate and multivariate analyses, strongly significant relationships were found between VO2-max and age, BMI and total body fat percentage, the latter being the strongest predictor. Conclusions: The study provided representative data on cardiorespiratory fitness, BMI and total body fat percentage for Belgian firefighters. The findings suggest the need for a structural approach on healthy eating and regular physical exercise in firefighters.
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body mass index, Age, cardiorespiratory fitness, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, firefighters, total body fat, VO2-max, BODY-MASS INDEX, PHYSIOLOGICAL-RESPONSES, PHYSICAL-FITNESS, AEROBIC CAPACITY, DETERMINANTS, DISEASE, FIRE, PREDICTORS, OVERWEIGHT, DEMANDS

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Kiss, Philippe, Marc De Meester, Christophe Maes, et al. “Cardiorespiratory Fitness in a Representative Sample of Belgian Firefighters.” OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD 64.8 (2014): 589–594. Print.
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Kiss, P., De Meester, M., Maes, C., De Vriese, S., Kruse, A., & Braeckman, L. (2014). Cardiorespiratory fitness in a representative sample of Belgian firefighters. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD, 64(8), 589–594.
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Kiss, Philippe, Marc De Meester, Christophe Maes, Steven De Vriese, André Kruse, and Lutgart Braeckman. 2014. “Cardiorespiratory Fitness in a Representative Sample of Belgian Firefighters.” Occupational Medicine-oxford 64 (8): 589–594.
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Kiss, Philippe, Marc De Meester, Christophe Maes, Steven De Vriese, André Kruse, and Lutgart Braeckman. 2014. “Cardiorespiratory Fitness in a Representative Sample of Belgian Firefighters.” Occupational Medicine-oxford 64 (8): 589–594.
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Kiss P, De Meester M, Maes C, De Vriese S, Kruse A, Braeckman L. Cardiorespiratory fitness in a representative sample of Belgian firefighters. OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD. 2014;64(8):589–94.
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P. Kiss, M. De Meester, C. Maes, S. De Vriese, A. Kruse, and L. Braeckman, “Cardiorespiratory fitness in a representative sample of Belgian firefighters,” OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD, vol. 64, no. 8, pp. 589–594, 2014.
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  abstract     = {Background: An important aspect of occupational health surveillance of firefighters is cardiorespiratory fitness. In Belgium, representative data on firefighters' cardiorespiratory fitness assessed in a standardized way are lacking. 
Aims: To report data on cardiorespiratory fitness, body mass index (BMI) and total body fat percentage in a large cohort of Belgian firefighters; to relate the data on cardiorespiratory fitness to the new Belgian criteria and to explore the relationship of cardiorespiratory fitness with age, BMI and total body fat. 
Methods: VO2-max was assessed in male firefighters by maximal exercise test on a treadmill. Total body fat percentage was assessed by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Stratified analyses of mean VO2-max and proportions of subjects that did not meet the criteria were performed for different age, total body fat percentage and BMI categories. Relationships between VO2-max and the continuous variables were explored in univariate (correlation coefficients) and multivariate analyses (multiple linear regression analysis). 
Results: In 1225 participating firefighters (96% participation rate), mean VO2-max was 46.5 ml/kg/min. Percentages of subjects that did not meet the criteria ranged from 1 to 83% depending on age, BMI and total body fat percentage. Both in univariate and multivariate analyses, strongly significant relationships were found between VO2-max and age, BMI and total body fat percentage, the latter being the strongest predictor. 
Conclusions: The study provided representative data on cardiorespiratory fitness, BMI and total body fat percentage for Belgian firefighters. The findings suggest the need for a structural approach on healthy eating and regular physical exercise in firefighters.},
  author       = {Kiss, Philippe and De Meester, Marc and Maes, Christophe and De Vriese, Steven and Kruse, André and Braeckman, Lutgart},
  issn         = {0962-7480},
  journal      = {OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE-OXFORD},
  keywords     = {body mass index,Age,cardiorespiratory fitness,dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry,firefighters,total body fat,VO2-max,BODY-MASS INDEX,PHYSIOLOGICAL-RESPONSES,PHYSICAL-FITNESS,AEROBIC CAPACITY,DETERMINANTS,DISEASE,FIRE,PREDICTORS,OVERWEIGHT,DEMANDS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {8},
  pages        = {589--594},
  title        = {Cardiorespiratory fitness in a representative sample of Belgian firefighters},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqu138},
  volume       = {64},
  year         = {2014},
}

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