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  • Jan232018

    3 ways to reduce, prevent EMS-related back pain

    Pain when working out or training for fitness is OK, in fact it means you are pushing your body to improve. Pain while running EMS calls or sitting around the station is neither normal nor good. Maybe my perspective is different (actually, I know it is) since I came into EMS after 15 years of clinical physical therapy, athletic training,

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  • Dec092017

    Where we Fail Part 3

    HPA Axis Dysfunction and Stress The physiological stress response is a temporary phenomenon, which acts to prepare the neuroendocrine, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems to respond appropriately to a stressful event Through activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, glucocorticoids (cortisol) are synthesized and secreted at a higher rate from the adrenal cortex. Simultaneously, sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation results in increased

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  • Dec092017

    Where we Fail Part 2

    Physical Abilities Testing One of the simplest ways to quickly change the profession is to change our entrance requirements. EMS is a very physical job and all candidates who desire to enter the profession must be able to pass a job specific physical abilities test. Especially for prospective students entering a community college. We need to determine before they enter

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  • Dec092017

    Where we Fail part 1

    Annual safety training “We train the least, for the thing we do the most (patient handling), that has the highest risk yet wonder why they keep getting hurt” Problem number 1 is that we never train properly in the first place. Problem number two is that we never even repeat that training. What we have seen to almost 100% consistency

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  • Oct032017

    Food myths & misinformation abound in society. It’s even worse for first responders. EMT’s, Fire Fighters and Police Officers struggle with their nutrition more then the normal population. This chart will help you make some better food choices and understand where some of the sugars and fats are hidden.  

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  • Aug252017

    Interview with Bryan Fass, Founder of Fit Responder

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