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    Default Joint wellness and fitness

    Has anyone done any work with the IAFC/IAFF Joint Wellness Fitness iniative in regards to establishing a wellness fitness program? We would like to hear your experiences, especially in relation to Alternative duties( types/ descriptions).


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    Talking Alternative???

    Portland Fire & Rescue
    Has done alot with tg the Initiative. Are you refering to light duty positions?

    Any other ?'s

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    yeah, light duty for the guys in rehab ect.... any ideas would help

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    Cool light duty quandry

    We have a limited number of these, some are taken up by the pregnant FF's so there are even less for the injured. Our company inspections may be going away and might be opened to light duty which would be perfect. Right now we get guys shredding papers and filing to do a light duty position. Our disability board is cracking down on those who have been milking the system. The other issue that I have been battling is coming up with a system that allows for guys to rehab and then get into a comprehensive fitness program to insure that they are ready to come back to work. Too many docs and PT do not understand the requirements of our jobs and clear guy way too soon to return to work

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogomez
    We have a limited number of these, some are taken up by the pregnant FF's so there are even less for the injured. Our company inspections may be going away and might be opened to light duty which would be perfect. Right now we get guys shredding papers and filing to do a light duty position. Our disability board is cracking down on those who have been milking the system. The other issue that I have been battling is coming up with a system that allows for guys to rehab and then get into a comprehensive fitness program to insure that they are ready to come back to work. Too many docs and PT do not understand the requirements of our jobs and clear guy way too soon to return to work
    Ogomez...what type of rehab programs are your guys doing?
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    Talking Issue of REhab

    Right now it is a crap shoot, my guys go to which ever doc they want and then usually go to a PT/clinic that is either recommended by the doc or convenient. The issue is that many ( not all) rehab clinics are cookie cutter. They don't understand the job and treat guys like the athletes we need to be. Even more important is the issue of discharging from rehab: most of the time d/c from rehab leaves a FF less than 100% fit. Rehabed from an injury is very different from being 100% fit for duty. Most guys are left to their own devices to get to 100%, what most guys do is the old weights they know and they either reinforce bed muscular patterns that have developed from the injury or hurt themselves or are unable to get to 100%.

    At my clinic we have a complete system from PT to personal training to classes leaving no gap in a client's fitness. One key factor are the trainers, its hard to find trainers that can pickup from PT and develope sound/safe exercise progressions and bring up a guy/gal to 100%. We just finished PT on a local FF off for 5 months on a back injury, traditional PT didn't work.On light duty. We saw him for 5 sessions(1 month) and he is back to work this week. We will continue to train him for 2 more months to reinforce his new muscular patterns, and progress him to doing weights. That should be a model to strive for, lowering incidents of reinjury.
    Check out our site www.adapttraining.com, any more ?'s you can email me

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