FEMA Grant to Feduce Risk of Low Back Pain, Disability in Firefighters
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 04:47 PM

The University of South Florida's John Mayer, DC, PhD, recently received a $1.3 million Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance of Firefighters grant - a three-year award that will help build upon cumulative research evaluating the effectiveness of targeted exercise programs to reduce the risk of low back pain and disability in firefighters. The grant total includes a 5 percent extramural funding match from the Florida Chiropractic Research Foundation.

The new funding supports the third phase of an ongoing FEMA-funded research project investigating the link between poor back muscular fitness and low back pain in firefighters and ultimately identifying exercise interventions that would be safe and effective in helping prevent low back injury and illness in this at risk population.

For the latest study, a full-scale randomized controlled prevention trial, USF will partner with the Tampa Bay region's three largest fire departments, employing a total of 2,000 firefighters: Tampa Fire Rescue, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue. The researchers will compare the clinical effectiveness of two intervention groups - one receiving a directly supervised exercise regimen at the fire station and the other receiving the same exercise regimen only as a web-based, remote interaction - with a control group.

Source:  http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140906/USF-receives-FEMA-grant-to-reduce-risk-of-low-back-pain-disability-in-firefighters.aspx