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Effects of the self-contained breathing apparatus and fire protective clothing on maximal oxygen uptake

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To examine the effects of firefighting personal protective ensemble (PPE) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on exercise performance, 12 males completed two randomly ordered, graded exercise treadmill tests (GXT PPE and GXT PT ). Maximal oxygen consumption (VO 2max ) during GXT PPE was 17.3% lower than the GXT PT in regular exercise clothing (43.0 ± 5.7 vs. 52.4 ± 8.5 ml/kg per min, respectively). The lower VO 2max during the PPE condition was significantly related ( r  = 0.81, p  
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Keywords: Firefighting; Gas exchange; Personal protective equipment; Self-contained breathing apparatus; Tidal volume; VO 2max test

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 2: Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: August 15, 2006

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