Step 1 - Assess

A department should conduct a “Needs Analysis” of its wellness program, which could include conducting a job-task analysis: Evaluation of movement, injury/illness history, and energy systems utilized on-duty.

Other factors may include:

  • call/mission load & type
  • call/mission duration
  • available equipment and resources
  • internal personnel education

Departments can collaborate with universities in order to facilitate assessments and allow for special matters experts to assist in addressing fitness and nutritional needs of personnel. Research initiatives within these universities regarding first responder resiliency, can facilitate the utilization of these resources, by local departments and agencies, to develop additional efforts toward injury mitigation.

Who We Are

Research (assessment, data collection, testing/evaluation) is provided through a collaboration with Texas A&M University – Commerce and it’s ROARHP Exercise Physiology Lab. All research projects are vetted by the Health and Human Performance Research Team, approved by an Institutional Review Board, and conducted in a safe and professional manner.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas A&M University Commerce ROAR-HP Lab is to provide a personal, accessible, and affordable educational experience for a diverse community of learners within first responder and tactical populations.We engage in creative discovery, and dissemination of knowledge and ideas, for service, leadership, and innovation, in the interconnected and dynamic world of public service.The mission statement is accomplished by ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, unselfish service to others, and specialized training and assessment modalities, unique to the first responder and tactical landscape.

Tier 1

Baseline Assessment of Program

a) Observe the effectiveness of a program currently in place or b) Observe different health/performance metrics of personnel and identify potential areas of concern

Potential Testing Methods:

Pre/Mid/Post - assess the effectiveness of any current fitness / strength and conditioning program or justify the addition of a new program

Status "at-a-glance"- annual screening to provide feedback on adjustments to programming, lifestyle, or other interventions

Needs Analysis - observe the unique demands of a specific population, station/dept, or even shift

Tier 2

Intervention(s) & Program Development

Potential interventions could include: 

Strength and Conditioning/Fitness/MobilityNutrition program

Additional curriculum and practice

Education ; TCOLE Courses/Clinics/workshops

Creating new curriculum for further education or bridging the gap between education and application

Tier 3

Full Program & Professional Placement

Tier 3 is the development of a self sufficient and annually replenished program that integrates key professionals into roles that will educate and empower personnel. 

Potential professional placement:

Certifying incumbent or instructing personnel as qualified fitness professionals to assist program

Integrate external/vendor/new SOP as subject matters expert

Integrate use of registered dietician services