A Survey of Physical Training Facilities and Programs Onboard U.S. Navy Vessels.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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In order to design physical training programs that best utilize existing shipboard recreation resources, a survey of facilities and programs currently operational in the fleet was undertaken. Findings showed that while relatively few ships operated aerobic type conditioning devices 15 fo total, weight training equipment use was fairly high 70 of total. An important finding was the total abscence of command sponsored aerobic or strengthening programs for the entirecrew. Aerobic programs for select populations e.g., overweight personnel however, were found on 20 of the surveyed ships. It can be concluded that while the majority of vessels are fairly well equipped to physically condition crewmembers, training sites are for the most part under utilized. Findings reveal a need to design effective exercise programs which fully utilize existing recreational resources and address the personal fitness needs of the entire crew.
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