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SEP 2018

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60 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 ➔ A strong, fit, flexible, explosive, and well-conditioned police officer is a better police officer. Improved physical condition- ing is correlated with lower officer injury and death rates, lower sick leave usage, lower civil liability, fewer civilian complaints, lower suspect injury rate, lower suicide rate, improved mental health, lower uses of force, and lower officer-involved shooting rate. e first rule is to work hard and train consistent- ly Athletes from different sports train differently, but successful athletes follow this rule. e best program in the world won't work if you don't train consistently and put effort into your training. But you need to focus on the right type of training for your line of work. RESISTANCE TRAINING Contrary to mythology and marketing, resistance train- ing does not require one to "train to failure" or walk out of the gym so sore you can barely move. For patrol officers, any training that "cripples" an officer for the period post-training PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES IF YOU WORK PATROL, YOU'LL BENEFIT FROM AN EXERCISE REGIMEN FOCUSED ON FUNCTIONAL STRENGTH TRAINING SPECIFIC TO YOUR DAILY DUTIES. P. WHITNEY RICHTMYER AND WILL BRINK THE PATROL ATHLETE

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