A method for the assessment of fitness in aerobically taxing occupations

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A good level of physical fitness is a fundamental prerequisite of many occupations, hence the importance of valid methods of fitness assessment. A method, using submaximal treadmill exercise, was tested in a group of Urban Police Officers. Physiological variables and subjective perceptions were monitored. The trend of individual variables provided a means to define the 'critical' capacity which corresponded to a mean value of 6.8 MET (a 'heavy activity' according to Haskell's classification). This level is proposed as a predictor of endurance and could be used in follow-up fitness assessments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • 'critical' capacity
  • Borg's CR-10 scale
  • fitness assessment
  • submaximal text

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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