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Physical Function Testing for Scientific Divers: A Pilot Program We Can Live With


Hodges, VJ and Wu, SS and Fell, JW and Williams, AD, Physical Function Testing for Scientific Divers: A Pilot Program We Can Live With, Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 35th Symposium, September 20-24, 2016, Dauphin Island, United States, pp. 127-131. ISBN 978-0-9962343-1-3 (2016) [Conference Extract]

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Within active work environments, physical fitness requirements are crucial in benchmarking work competency standards as well as minimizing the risk of injury. To achieve this, some industries have developed evidence-based fitness guidelines and functional testing protocols, such as the ability to lift specific weights and maneuver heavy loads as required by the profession. The existing assessments for occupational, scientific and recreational divers around the globe are built on dated assumptions of a need for a minimum level of "watermanship" skills that were integrated into these industries in the 1960ís. These tests may demonstrate swimming competency, but do not adequately assess the current functional demands of the job or injury risks. Indeed, the functional requirements of modern scientific divers and the appropriate corresponding assessments remains relatively unknown. This paper describes a pilot program by the University of Tasmania that explores these issues and invites collaboration and involvement of others interested in upholding functional physical competencies and preserving the health and well-being of scientific divers.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:diving, fitness testing, physical fitness, work health and safety
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Hodges, VJ (Ms Vallorie Hodges)
UTAS Author:Wu, SS (Dr Sam Wu)
UTAS Author:Fell, JW (Associate Professor James Fell)
UTAS Author:Williams, AD (Associate Professor Andrew Williams)
ID Code:112490
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-11-14
Last Modified:2016-11-14

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