Characteristics of Physical Training Activities of West Coast U.S. Navy Sea-Air-Land Personnel (SEALS)
Final rept. Dec 1990-Nov 1991
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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A physical training activity questionnaire was administered to 102 West Coast Naval Special Warfare personnel SEALs. Responses provided information on the types, frequencies, and intensities of aerobic and strength training activities and locations. The responses were used to characterize training according to the American College of Sports Medicine ACSM guidelines for development and maintenance of aerobic and strength fitness. Overall, SEALs reported engaging in aerobic activities in frequencies, intensities, and durations sufficient to maintain aerobic fitness. Strength conditioning, which tended to concentrate on the upper body, also occurred in sufficient frequency and quantity for maintenance of current fitness levels. However, the overall volume of training was somewhat less than for most elite or competitive athletes. The quality of physical training programs varied widely among the advanced SEAL training courses. Through education in the basic principles of athletic training, SEALs could implement more effective training regimens to develop and maintain aerobic and strength fitness. Ultimately, SEALS could achieve higher levels of readiness for demanding missions.
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