Firefighter Back Pain

The Variable Angle Roman chair that will be used in the exercise study sits in front of a Tampa Fire Rescue truck in Station 1.
Firefighter Back Pain

The leading cause of disability and early retirement for firefighters is back injuries – not really a surprise when you consider they’re lugging as much as a hundred pounds of gear in the field. Armed with a $1.3 million grant from FEMA, the University of South Florida is recruiting members of the Tampa Bay area’s three largest fire departments for a study of an exercise regimen that hopes to reduce the risk of such injuries. Find out more on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

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University Beat TV report on study.

More Information: 

John Mayer, DC, PhD
Lincoln Endowed Chair of Biomechanical and Chiropractic Research
USF Health School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences webpage.

The first of Dr. Mayer's three studies was reported in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program webpage

WUSF News story on the study.

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Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017. In addition to serving as a producer, reporter, host and assistant news director, he serves as Intern Coordinator for WUSF News. Mark has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992. He graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in Telecommunications/Radio in 1994.

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