Term of Award

Spring 2022

Degree Name

Master of Science, Kinesiology - Athletic Training Concentration

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Department

Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Bridget Melton

Committee Member 1

Richard Westrick

Committee Member 2

Nancy Henderson

Committee Member 3

Haresh Rochani

Committee Member 3 Email

hrochani@georgiasouthern.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Firefighters work in a dangerous profession with high injury rates. Mobility dysfunction in firefighters may impact performance and contribute to injury. The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is commonly used to evaluate individuals for mobility dysfunction and compensatory movements. PURPOSE: Identify if mobility is related to firefighters’ occupational task performance. METHODS: This was a retrospective study assessing 29 career firefighters using FMS and occupational performance task scores. Statistical analyses consisted of a multiple linear regression assessing predictors on the occupational task performance and 21 point-biserial correlations ran to assess the relationship between each individual predictor and occupational task performance. RESULTS: Of the 21 point-biserial correlation, four were found to be significant, indicating a relationship between the FMS and occupational task performance. CONCLUSION: Inline Lunge may be a key element in occupational task performance. Future research should evaluate the impact of mobility dysfunction on occupational performance in a larger and more diverse cohort of firefighters.

Research Data and Supplementary Material

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