Perhaps it defies your mental image of firefighters, but researchers from The City University of New York report their findings.
First, the details.
- 108 firefighters participated in yoga classes during work, in their fire stations over 6 weeks.
- The classes included pranayama (breathing), asana (postures), and savasana (relaxation).
- Most were physically active but had no prior experience with yoga.
And, the results.
- 77 participants completed the study.
- There was significant improvement in the Functional Movement Screen, a 7-item test that measures functional fitness.
- Improvements were also noted in trunk flexibility and perceived stress.
- Participants also reported favorable perceptions of yoga: feeling more focused and less musculoskeletal pain.
The bottom line?
This appears to be the first study of yoga in this group of workers. Considering that about 1 in 3 failed to complete the study, the biggest challenge appears to be in getting firefighters to participate long-term.
Otherwise, the findings â€œindicate that participants benefited from yoga,â€ concluded the authors.
12/20/09 14:09 JR