Accession Number : ADA307058

Title :   Frequency of Training, and Past Injuries as Risk Factors for Injuries in Infantry Soldiers.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA

Personal Author(s) : Reynolds, K. ; Pollard, J. ; Cunero, J. ; Knapik, J. ; Jones, B.

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Report Date : 13 NOV 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : Major objectives of Army infantry training are development of endurance and load carriage ability. These objectives are achieved by frequent running and road marching. Height, weight, % body fat, and physical fitness were measured and information about training and past injuries were obtained by questionnaire. Incidence of new injuries was documented by a periodic review of medical records of all subjects. Mean age of subjects was 19.1 years, height 69.1 in, weight 162.9 ibs, % body fat 14.7%. Over the observed period 29% suffered one or more lower extremity training injuries. Trends of significantly increased risk of injury with increased frequency of running and marching were observed. FREQUENCY: (days/wk) 1 or LESS 2 - 3, 4 or MORE p-value; RUNNING RISK (%) 0.0, 26.6, 32.7, 0.01; MARCHING RISK (%) 6.3 20.8 32.4 0.03. Those soldiers who had no past injury causing loss of school or work time were at lower risk of current injury (25.6%) than those injured in the last 2 yrs (44.3%, p 0.04). These data suggest that more frequent weight-bearing training and recent

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *WOUNDS AND INJURIES, *INFANTRY PERSONNEL, *ENDURANCE(PHYSIOLOGY), FREQUENCY, RISK, SCHOOLS, TRAINING, ARMY TRAINING, INFANTRY, TIME, MEDICINE, ENDURANCE(GENERAL), ROADS, PHYSICAL FITNESS, LOSSES, RECORDS, EXTREMITIES.

Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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