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Sports Science to Aid Firefighters Against Injury

Human performance testing is helping firefighters in The Colony prevent injuries on the job.

All 50 of the city's firefighters will undergo Fusionetics analysis.

Fusionetics, according to its website, is a human performance company that integrates sports science, clinical application and cutting-edge technology to deliver efficient and effective solutions focused on decreasing injury, optimizing performance and enhancing recovery.

Using science and technology, the testing is normally used on athletes to help them gain maximum performance.

The testing will enable firefighters to strengthen areas of their body that, if not strengthened, could result in injuries on the job.

The performance testing looks at areas such as lower body strength, balance and range of mobility.

Baylor Medical Center Frisco offers Fusionetics at no charge to first responders and student athletes in the Frisco Independent School District and surrounding districts.

Mark Spahlinger, a firefighter with The Colony Fire Department, said he was pleasantly surprised by his results.

"I wasn't too bad, and the apps and the fitness that they give us to strengthen only takes about 10 minutes to do. We can do it at the station. We can do it at home," said Spahlinger.

"Injury prevention is paramount, whether it's an athlete, whether it's a firefighter or a police officer. We need to know that they're out there performing at 100 percent," said Brian Quesenberry, with Fusionetics.

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