Charity L. Lane, Ph.D., CPT, FNS, GFI – Board Member and Director of Program Development of US Spine & Sport Foundation – successfully defended her PhD doctoral dissertation on “An Exploration of Administrative and Shift Leaders’ Perceptions on Barriers and Facilitators to Adoption and Maintenance of Firefighter Physical Fitness Programs”, Health and Human Performance, Concordia University Chicago. The study’s novel findings and subsequent implementation and research recommendations will aid the fire service in shaping robust and sustainable worksite fitness programs aligned to NFPA standards and WFI guidelines. Congratulations, Dr. Lane!
Leonard N. Matheson, PhD recently received the 2021 Health Advocate Award from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The Health Advocate Award expresses appreciation for extraordinary contributions of national significance that led to the advancement of health promotion and/or health care. AOTA – a leading body of the Occupational Therapy profession in the world – recognized Dr. Matheson’s contributions as a “Work-Oriented Neurorehabilitation Pioneer, Educator, and Policy Advocate.”
Dr. Matheson is a founding Board Member of The Vert Mooney Research Foundation and President of EPIC Neurorehabilitation & Psychology Services. As a Clinical Psychologist and researcher, his contributions to the field of occupational rehabilitation across many domains are unparalleled. More importantly, he is an outstanding mentor, great friend, and has touched the lives of many people around the world.
Congratulations, Dr. Matheson!
Fire Engineering recently published the article:
Mayer JM, Andres A, Lane CL. Implementation of a regional firefighter wellness initiative during a global pandemic. Fire Engineering, 2021;September:2-6
It discusses the Foundation’s FEMA-funded grant, highlighting experiences with one partner fire department. The article is found at this link:
USSSF Director of Program Development and Board Member, Charity Lane, was recently published in the first 2021 edition of the NSCA TSAC Report (#60) on the topic of Sleep programs in the fire service.
Lane CL, Melton B. Sleep improvement programs in firefighters – a critically appraised topic. National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Report, 2021, 60.
Full text available here – NSCA member access only: https://lnkd.in/g4WSfW3
Dagenais S, Hayflinger C, Mayer JM. Economic evaluation of an extended telehealth worksite exercise intervention to reduce lost work time from low back pain in career firefighters. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2021(Jan 4) (online ahead of print).
Found here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33394268/
Purpose Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of lost work time (LWT) in firefighters and is related to poor muscle endurance. Although exercise can improve muscle endurance, it must be continued to sustain benefits, and it is unknown if it can reduce LWT. This study conducted an economic evaluation of an extended worksite exercise intervention in career firefighters. Methods A randomized controlled trial allocated 264 firefighters to telehealth with remote instruction (“telehealth”), direct exercise supervision (“direct”), or brief education (“control”). The telehealth and direct groups performed worksite exercises twice weekly for 12 months. Outcomes included quality adjusted life years, LWT from LBP (24-h shifts), costs of LWT from LBP, and net monetary benefits. Results A total of 216 firefighters were included in the economic analysis (telehealth n = 71, direct n = 75, control n = 70). Sixteen experienced LWT from LBP (telehealth n = 4, direct n = 4, control n = 8). The mean number of 24-h shifts lost from LBP were 0.05 (telehealth), 0.28 (direct), and 0.43 (control). Mean study intervention costs per participant were $1984 (telehealth), $5269 (direct), and $384 (control). Net monetary benefit was $3573 for telehealth vs. direct, – $1113 for telehealth vs. control, and – $4686 for direct vs. control. Conclusions Worksite exercise reduced LWT from LBP in firefighters. Telehealth was less costly and more effective at reducing LWT from LBP than direct exercise supervision. If the costs of telehealth were further reduced, a positive net monetary benefit might also be achieved when compared to no intervention. Clinical trial registration: (clinicaltrials.gov): NCT02362243.
Found here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32796259/
Objective: This study assessed worksite exercise delivered by on-site supervision (supervised) or telehealth to reduce lost work time (LWT) related to low back pain (LBP) in firefighters. Methods: A cluster randomized controlled trial assigned 264 career firefighters to supervised (n = 86) or telehealth (n = 95) back and core exercises 2X/week for 12 months, or control (n = 83). Results: 58.0% (153/264) of participants reported LBP and 7.6% (20/264) reported LWT related to LBP (control n = 10, supervised n = 5, telehealth n = 5). Participants in the control group experienced 1.15 times as many hours of LWT as the supervised group, and 5.51 times as many hours of LWT as the telehealth group. Conclusions: Worksite exercise, delivered by on-site supervision or telehealth, can reduce LWT related to LBP in career firefighters.
US Spine & Sport Foundation (aka The Vert Mooney Research Foundation), in partnership with West Coast Sports Institute (Santa Clara, CA), has been selected to serve as a site for a multi-site clinical trial on COVID-19. The clinical trial, which is sponsored by Kaleido Biosciences, Inc (Bedford, MA), will test the safety and effects of a food product in adults with mild-moderate COVID-19. Chris Chung, MD of West Coast Sports Institute will serve as Site Principal Investigator and John M. Mayer, DC, PhD, FACSM, Scientific Officer of the Foundation, will serve as Lead Coordinator for this site. As the Foundation expands its research partnerships, this trial provides an opportunity to help find solutions for those affected by the pandemic.
Objectives: To demonstrate the efficacy and validity of a method employed by non-behavioral health practitioners to screen for and appropriately triage musculoskeletal pain patients who also are experiencing depressive illness. Methods: As part of a previously-published psychometric research study conducted in a community-based musculoskeletal pain rehabilitation program, a method was developed for nonbehavioral health practitioners to screen for and appropriately triage patients for co-morbid depressive illness, thus providing the current opportunity to examine the effects of depressive illness on work outcomes. This paper describes the screening method and its application in an observational study of the impact of depressive illness on work outcomes. Results: Among 156 consecutive patients who were presenting with musculoskeletal pain disorders to an outpatient rehabilitation program, 22.3% also were identified to have co-morbid clinical depression. The screening process allowed all patients to continue in the rehabilitation program. Those who were already receiving behavioral health care were encouraged to inform care providers of their participation in the program. Those who were not receiving behavioral health care were successfully triaged to care outside of the clinic. Depressive illness was found to affect success in the program, confirming the validity of the screening process for outpatient rehabilitation program participants experiencing chronic pain. Conclusions: A simple and effective depression screening process that triages patients without interruption of musculoskeletal treatment can be employed by nonbehavioral health practitioners. Because return to work outcomes were found to be negatively affected by depressive illness, this approach has the potential to improve overall program efficacy.
Found here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7353453/
Found here: https://www.wskw.org/jkw/index.php/jkw/article/view/65