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Title:Personality traits among recruit firefighters predicts fitness
Author(s):Kass, Constance P.; Swiatkiewicz, Michelle M.; Morales, Dakota G.; Box, Allyson G.
Contributor(s):Petruzzello, Steven J.
Abstract:Introduction: Personality traits have been associated with physical fitness. Additionally, tolerance of exercise intensity has been related to exercise behavior. However, less is understood about these traits in firefighters (FFs), and how they impact FF fitness. Purpose: Examine how personality traits influence fitness (aerobic, muscular) among recruit FFs. Methods: Recruit FFs (N=435 males, 26.42± 4.07yrs) in a 6-week FF training academy completed a 1.5 mile run, bench press test, and individual difference measures (personality [Extraversion (E), Emotional Stability (ES), Agreeableness (A), Conscientiousness (C), Openness (O)], Tolerance for Exercise Intensity (Tol), and perceived fitness (PF)). Results: C was associated with aerobic fitness (r= 0.19, P= 0.028), but not muscular endurance or PF (P> 0.05). However, PF was significantly (P< 0.001) correlated with aerobic fitness (r= -0.42) and muscular (r= -0.24) endurance. Hierarchical regression showed both PF [R2adj = 19.0 aerobic; R2adj = 10.3 muscular; Ps< 0.001] and Tol [R2adj = 11.6 aerobic; R2adj = 15.4 muscular; Ps< 0.001] explained significant variance in fitness after controlling for age and sex. Discussion: Findings support the relationship between select personality characteristics and fitness in FFs. Understanding these relationships could aid in developing a more optimal training program during a FF training academy. More, or supplemental, physical training could be given to those with lower exercise intensity tolerance and/or perceived fitness than their counterparts.
Issue Date:2018-04
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Constance P Kass
Copyright 2018 Michelle M Swiatkiewicz
Copyright 2018 Dakota G Morales
Copyright 2018 Allyson G Box
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-05-21

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