Accession Number : ADA108198
Title : The Relationship of Job Performance to Physical Fitness and Its Application to U. S. Navy Submariners
Descriptive Note : Interim rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
Personal Author(s) : Bennett, Brad L ; Bondi, Kenneth R
Report Date : 29 Sep 1981
Pagination or Media Count : 20
Abstract : During a nuclear submarine patrol (SSN/SSBN) physical activity is severely curtailed for a majority of individuals because of the closed confines of the submarine. Work schedules and studying for self-advancement may also contribute to an inhibition of exercise even in submariners normally motivated to exercise. Two resultant effects of physical deconditioning are a rapid decrement in one's maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) and an increasing development of anxiety and depression. Furthermore, submariners are known to have a high caloric intake, high coffee ingestion, and a high rate of smoking. It is well known that these factors all contribute to the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). The question of whether career submariners are predisposed to a premature development of CAD has not been resolved. Implementation of a shipboard exercise program will prevent physical deconditioning and will maintain a sense of well-being during patrol and ultimately may lead to increased effectiveness and efficiency of the submarine crew.
Descriptors : *JOB ANALYSIS , *PHYSICAL FITNESS , *SUBMARINE PERSONNEL , CORONARY DISEASE , CYCLES , EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY) , FATIGUE(PHYSIOLOGY) , HEALTH , NUCLEAR POWERED SUBMARINES , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , REST , RISK , SHIPBOARD , SLEEP , WORK
Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE