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      The effects of a 1-year physical exercise programme on development of fatigue during a simulated ambulance work task.

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      Work Capacity Evaluation, Male, Longitudinal Studies, blood, Lactic Acid, Humans, Female, prevention & control, Fatigue, Exercise Therapy, Emergency Medical Technicians, Case-Control Studies, Adult

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          The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of individually prescribed physical exercise programmes on development of fatigue during the carrying of a loaded stretcher up and down the stairs. Nineteen ambulance personnel performed the training for 1 year. Testing occurred before and after 1 year of the training. Both the training group (n = 19) and the control group (n = 15) were assessed for physical capacity and lactate concentration in blood and ratings of perceived exertion during carrying a stretcher on the stairs. When comparisons were made between those who had been training three times/week for 1 year and the control group, lactate concentration was significantly decreased. In conclusion, markers of fatigue during stretcher carrying can be reduced by the use of individually prescribed physical exercise programmes.

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          10.1080/00140130802116471
          18622823

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