Infographic: 9 symptoms and solutions for overexertion in police officers

Overexertion is a major issue for police officers – refer to this infographic to identify these serious warning signs.

by Megan Wells, Police1, Contributor

Overexertion is a result of exercising too intensely, continuously being thrown into situations where your adrenaline spikes, or being overworked and stretched too thin. Whether your muscles are stressed or your mind is stressed, it’s important to spot your overexertion, and deal with it. 

In 2014, Harvard University conducted a study to decipher how the stressful work environment for law enforcement plays a part in cardiac health. Harvard found that overexertion and stress were massive players in law enforcement deaths, in fact compared to non-public safety roles; the odds of sudden cardiac deaths were 20-23 times higher during physical training for police officers. On average, an injury related to overexertion will cost an individual about 5 days away from work. 

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Print this graphic and tape it somewhere visible. Make it a constant reminder to take care of yourself. The longer your body experiences unhealed overexertion, the more damage you’re doing to yourself. 

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