Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
First Committee Member
Jack Young, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Duties of police officers include apprehending suspects, which may involve foot pursuit and firing a weapon at a suspect. Previous studies in biathletes and soldiers suggest that shooting performance is compromised when fatigue is present. Purpose: To investigate the effects of exercise-induced fatigue on shooting performance in police officers. Methods: Nine police officers fired five rapid-fire shots at three targets each with a fifteen second rest period in between each trail. Officers then exercised on a cycle ergometer to 85% maximum heart rate or voluntary fatigue. The pretest shooting was repeated post-exercise. Distances of 4 shots from the center of the target and diameters of tightest 4-shot grouping were measured. Results: No significant differences in distance or diameter were found. Conclusions: Fatiguing exercise had no effect on shooting accuracy or precision in the subject population.
Exercise; Fatigue; Heart beat; Heart rate; Lower body exercise; Pistol marksmanship; Pistol shooting; Police; Police officers
Kinesiology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Motor Control
Brown, Melissa Jean, "The Effect of acute exercise-induced fatigue on pistol shooting performance in police officers" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1038.