08 July, 2011
Exercises for EMS
Emergency medical services professionals work in ambulances, hospitals and urgent care centers. A regular exercise routine is essential for Emergency medical technicians because they perform frequent heavy lifting, carrying, rotating, pushing and pulling of patients and medical supplies.
Focus on the chest, abdomen, shoulders, arms, back and legs. An exercise routine that includes all of these muscle groups should start with 10 minutes of cardio exercise as a warm-up. Follow this with at least four different weight-lifting exercises -- such as dumbbell curls, lunge walks or tricep extensions -- each consisting of 15 repetitions. Do 10 additional minutes of cardio to keep your heart rate up, then perform four more weight-training exercises with 15 repetitions each.
According to the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, back injuries are the most common work-induced injury reported by EMTs. Not only should EMTs be aware of proper lifting techniques to avoid such injuries, they should also exercise regularly to build muscles. Workouts that include yoga movements -- such as Warrior 1 and Warrior 2 positions -- planks and squats help build muscles, improve balance and increase flexibility. At a minimum, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week.
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