Step 4 - Empower
While program development are centered on relationship development with SME’s, community partners, and university partnerships, the maintenance of a program can provide unique challenges. Programs, once implemented need consistent positive reinforcement from command staff and management, continued equipment updating, and provision of quality educational environments, such as clinics/workshops. The same resources cultivated during program development, can now be utilized to maintain a robust personnel centered program. General obstacles tend to center around funding. Grant applications, community supporters, and university involvement may be solutions to these obstacles.
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.
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.
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
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
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