Our team – through the Foundation and other organizations – has an extensive past performance record of developing and conducting firefighter health and safety projects from research through successful implementation.

Some of our notable accomplishments include:

  • Currently conducting a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety grant to implement a regional firefighter wellness program (EMW-2017-FP-00711).
  • Assisted St Petersburg Fire Rescue with developing its wellness-fitness program (i.e. Peer Fitness Trainer program and station-based exercise equipment) via the fire department’s FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants award (FY2016).
  • Completed a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Research & Development grant for a full-scale clinical prevention trial titled, “Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters” (EMW-2013-FP-00723).
  • Completed a research study titled, “Comparison of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) to weight lifting exercises using EMG and motion analysis” (2017).
  • Developed the Firefighters Guide to Health and Wellness (EMW-2013-FP-00723).
  • Implemented and instructed low back injury prevention for cadets at the San Pasqual Reservation Fire Academy. This program developed exercise protocols aimed at improving fitness levels required to pass the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) (2013-2015).
  • Completed a FEMA Fire Prevention & Safety Research & Development grant for a proof of concept clinical study titled, “Low back injury prevention in firefighters” (EMW-2009-FP-00418).
  • Assisted San Diego Fire Rescue Department with developing and implementing the San Diego Regional Firefighter Wellness Center via the fire department’s FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants award (FY2004).
  • Introduced a pilot back injury prevention program to firefighters of Los Angeles County Fire Rescue (1999-2000).

 

FIRE SERVICE DISSEMINATION EFFORTS

 

     SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Mayer JM, Mooney V, Harris D, Verna J. San Diego Firefighter’s Regional Wellness Center – Year 1 Summary Report 2005; submitted to City of San Diego in May 2006.

Mayer JM. Improving the health and safety of fire fighters through wellness-fitness initiatives. FCA Journal, 2008;July:30-2.

Verna J, Mooney V, Stowell C, Parker R, Mayer JM. Back muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility characteristics of firefighters. Proceedings of the 7th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain; 2010:390-4.

Verna J, Stowell S, Parker R, Duran A, Mayer JM. Firefighters & back injuries: the new study. Published by Firefighter Magazine online November 3, 2010 at: http://my.firefighternation.com/profiles/blogs/firefighters-amp-back-injuries.

Mayer JM, Nuzzo JL, Chen R, Quillen WS, Verna JL, Miro R, Dagenais S. The impact of obesity on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. Journal of Obesity, 2012;729283:1-7.

Mayer JM, Nuzzo JL, Dagenais S. Use of participant focus groups to identify barriers and facilitators to worksite exercise therapy adherence in randomized controlled trials involving firefighters. Patient Preference and Adherence, 2013;7:207-15.

Nuzzo JN, Mayer JM. Body mass normalisation for ultrasound measurements of lumbar multifidus and abdominal muscle size. Manual Therapy, 2013;18(3):237-42.

Mayer JM. Back and core exercise in firefighters: Summary of findings from the FEMA-funded research grant at the University of South Florida. FCA Journal, 2013;April:20-1.

Nuzzo JL, Haun D, Mayer JM. Ultrasound measurements of lumbar multifidus and abdominal muscle size in firefighters. Journal of Back Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 2014 2014;27(4):427-33.

Nuzzo JL, Mayer JM. Body mass normalization for isometric tests of muscle endurance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2013;27(7):2039-45.

Mayer JM, Nuzzo JL. Worksite back and core exercise in firefighters: effect on lumbar multifidus muscle size. Work, 2015;50(4):621-627.

Mayer JM, Quillen WS, Verna JL, Chen R, Lunseth P, Dagenais S. Impact of a supervised worksite exercise program on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. American Journal of Health Promotion, 2015 Jan-Feb;29(3):165-72.

Mayer JM, Lane CL. Can technology be used to enhance exercise outcomes? FCA Journal, 2016;January:20-1.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Why you should properly train the posterior chain. FCA Journal, 2016; April:24-6.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Firefighter wellness and fitness programs in the State of Florida. FCA Journal, 2016;October.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Matching exercise programs to job demands. FCA Journal, 2017;October.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Chiropractic physicians as leaders in first responder wellness. FCA Journal, 2018, January.

Lane CL, Hardwick D, Janus TP, Chen H, Lu Y, Mayer JM. Comparison of the firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test to weight lifting exercises using electromyography. Work (accepted for publication).

 

     SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS

Verna J, Mooney V, Stowell C, Parker R, Mayer JM. Back muscle strength, endurance, and flexibility characteristics of firefighters. Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back & Pelvic Pain. Los Angeles, CA, November 2010.

Mayer JM, Chen R, Nuzzo JL, Dagenais S, Verna JL, Quillen WS. Relationship of back muscular endurance with anthropometric measures in firefighters. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA, June 2012.

Mayer JM, Quillen WS. Effect of worksite exercise on development of back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. American Occupational Health Conference, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Orlando, FL, April 2013.

Mayer JM, Quillen WS, Dagenais S. Effect of worksite exercise on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, May 2013.

Libous JL, Mayer JM. Development and implementation of a web-based system to enhance delivery of back and core exercise interventions for clinical trials. Society of Clinical Research Associates Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, September 2014 (finalist – best poster presentation).

Mayer JM. Impact of a supervised worksite exercise program on back and core muscular endurance in firefighters. Webinar – “Sneak Peek” Jan/Feb 2015 issue, American Journal of Health Promotion. January 2015. (invited webinar presentation)

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Factors impacting adherence to worksite exercise programs in firefighters. Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference. Colorado Springs, CO, March 2017.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Departmental variations in wellness, fitness, and occupational injury characteristics of firefighters. American Occupational Health Conference, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Denver, CO, April 2017.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Departmental variations in wellness and fitness characteristics of firefighters. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. Denver, CO, May 2017.

Mayer JM, Lane CL. First responders as tactical athletes: occupational health considerations. University of South Florida Occupational Medicine Residency Program, Tampa, FL, September 2017.

Oawster M, Whelchel J, Gartman G, Lane CL, Santos N, Janus T, Mayer JM. Relationship between dietary habits and anthropometric, injury, and fitness characteristics of firefighters. USF Health Research Day, Tampa, FL, February 2018.

Lane CL, Janus TJ, Santos, N, Mayer JM. Relationship between injuries, fitness, and dietary habits in firefighters. Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference. San Diego, CA, March 2018.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Comparison of core muscle activity during occupational tasks and weightlifting exercises in firefighters. Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference. San Diego, CA, March 2018.

Lane CL, Hardwick D, Janus T, Santos N, Mayer JM. Comparison of the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test to weight lifting exercises in firefighters. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.

Lane CL, Brady O, Janus TJ, Mayer JM. Factors influencing firefighters’ perceptions of worksite exercise. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. St Louis, MO, May 2018.

Mayer JM (chair), Diulus C, Lane CL, Stout A, Tauzell R. Nutrition considerations you need to know for spine disorders – CME Webinar. North American Spine Society, May 2018.

Mayer JM, Diulus C, Stout A, Tauzell R. Nutrition considerations you need to know for spine disorders. North American Spine Society Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, September 2018.

 

     BOOK CHAPTERS

Mayer JM, Jahnke SA. Injury, musculoskeletal disorders, and ergonomics. in Health Risks and Fair Compensation in the Fire Service. editor: Guidotti TL, Springer, New York, 2016, pp. 209-25.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Chapter: Worksite exercise programs: benefits and strategies. APA Handbook of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Volume 2: Exercise Psychology. Editors: Labbé E, Petruzzello S. American Psychological Association (accepted for publication).

 

     FIRE SERVICE PAPERS

Mayer JM, Mooney V, Harris D, Verna J. San Diego Firefighter’s Regional Wellness Center – Year 1 Summary Report 2005; submitted to City of San Diego in May 2006.

Mayer JM. Final performance report: Low back injury prevention in firefighters (EMW-2009-FP-00418); submitted to sponsor (FEMA, Department of Homeland Security) on February 6, 2013.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Firefighter wellness and fitness programs in the State of Florida. Florida Fire Service Magazine, 2016;October:10-1.

Mayer JM, Lane CL, et al. Final performance report: Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters” (EMW-2013-FP-00723); submitted to sponsor (FEMA, Department of Homeland Security) on October 30, 2018.

 

     FIRE SERVICE PRESENTATIONS

Mayer JM. Firefighter wellness and fitness: current understanding and future directions. Annual Firefighter Health and Safety Conference, Orlando, FL, December 2008.

Mayer JM. Improving back muscle endurance and core stability in firefighters: a randomized trial. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, New York, NY, August 2011.

Mayer JM. Improving back muscular endurance and core stability in firefighters: a randomized trial – preliminary findings. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, August 2012.

Mayer JM. Worksite exercise and education programs for prevention of musculoskeletal injuries in firefighters. Firefighter Safety and Health Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Orlando, FL, December 2013.

Mayer JM. Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, August 2014.

Mayer JM. Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, August 2015.

Mayer JM, Lane CL. Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, August 2016.

Lane CL, Mayer JM. First responder wellness and fitness programs: practical applications and future directions. Firefighter Safety and Health Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Orlando, FL, December 2016.

Mayer JM, Lane CL. Back injury prevention in firefighters: optimizing fitness programs to match job demands. Firefighter Safety and Health Conference, Florida Fire Chiefs Association, December 2017.

Mayer JM. Worksite exercise interventions for low back injury prevention in firefighters. FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants Research & Development Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, August 2018.

 

     OTHER FIRE SERVICE DISSEMINATION PRODUCTS

Lane CL, Mayer JM. Firefighters’ Guide to Health and Wellness, 2016.

Mayer JM, Santos N, Janus T, Brady O, Lane CL. Exercise Training Manual: Back and Core Exercises for Firefighters. 3rd Edition. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 2017.

 

 

A Firefighter in Full Gear

 

Kickoff of the research project – Worksite Exercise for Back Injury Prevention – with Charity Lane, Dr. John Mayer, and Fire Chief Tom Forward

 

Peer Fitness Trainers coaching each other through the back injury prevention exercises