Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Love, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, completes a pushup during the spring 2019 physical readiness test, April 23, 2019. The Navy has issued guidelines to halt physical training of sailors who show unusual distress and let them make up the training another day. SEAN LYNCH/U.S. NAVY
Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexander Love, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, completes a pushup during the spring 2019 physical readiness test, April 23, 2019. The Navy has issued guidelines to halt physical training of sailors who show unusual distress and let them make up the training another day. SEAN LYNCH/U.S. NAVY

Navy calls for closer fitness test monitoring following recruit deaths

by Scott Wyland
Stars and Stripes

The Navy ordered sailors to watch fitness test participants more closely for signs of distress and allow do-overs for those having a “bad day,” following a string of deaths over the past year including two young female recruits who collapsed during the tests.

Four sailors have died in the past year during “seemingly normal physical fitness exercise,” the Navy said in an administrative memo issued late last week.

“One loss is too many and it is critical that every Sailor understands the risk factors for exercise-related death and the strategies to minimize those risks,” the memo stated.

New guidelines call for halting participants’ physical activity when they show unusual distress or fatigue and allow them to make up the training or test later.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.580837

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