Future kinesiologists visit Bagoville
As part of their ongoing classes in physiology and ergonomics, 26 kinesiology ( movement science) students at UQAC came to CFB Bagotville to observe, monitor and try out some of the fitness tests that military members must pass in order to maintain their employment or to access skilled trades within the Canadian Armed Forces.
With the standardization and normalization of fitness tests in the Canadian Armed Forces, the PSP team must demonstrate professionalism and rigor in administering the tests. The results of these tests have an impact on operations and on the operational capability of military members. Each element of the protocol must be respected with no margin for error. This is why CAF fitness testing can serve as an example for students in kinesiology. First, students became familiar with the specific tests that military firefighters use to assess their physical fitness. Next, they watched the test that aspiring search and rescue ( SAR) technicians must pass. In order to provide standardized assessments and specific training exercises, fitness personnel from CFB Bagotville regularly test out the various fitness tests required for skilled trades. This way, they are ready to respond to requests and they have a better understanding of the physical and psychological effects that this type of training has on the body.