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Revista Cubana de Medicina Militar

versión impresa ISSN 0138-6557versión On-line ISSN 1561-3046


MATTOS BENEDETTI, Cristine et al. Physical activity and health conditions of military police in attendance or health treatment. Rev Cub Med Mil [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.3, pp.326-340. ISSN 0138-6557.

Introduction: different studies have demonstrated that public security agents, despite their professional demands, are also affected by sedentary lifestyle. Several causes have been identified for physical inactivity in Public Security agents, mainly in Military Police officers, such as the high rates of distress, long working days, the growth of violence and economic problems related to the permanence of institutions, the lack of police officers and low salaries. Objective: to analyze the association between usual physical activity, stress, health conditions and socio demographic and occupational characteristics of the military police which is attended to or those under hospital treatment. Methods: the application of instruments Short Form Health Survey and the international questionnaire on physical activity (long version) in 526 individuals. Results: The statistical associations showed lower metabolic equivalent values in domestic physical activities and lower occurrence of depression as a symptom of stress whereas general health indexes tended to rise. Conclusions: it can be concluded that the military police officers surveyed were considered active people regarding the level of physical activity at home, in leisure and occupational activities, and in mild, moderate and severe activities. The physical and mental scores were found to be below the average estimated for the health conditions.

Palabras clave : motor activity; health; military police.

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