Accession Number : ADA336549

Title :   Predictors of Back Injury Among Women Military Recruits.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. 1 Oct 96-30 Sep 97,

Corporate Author : ALABAMA UNIV IN BIRMINGHAM

Personal Author(s) : Weaver, Michael F.

PDF Url : ADA336549

Report Date : OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Military recruit training is physically demanding and results in a high rate of musculoskeletal injuries. Identification of back injury risk factors and the successful development of preventive measures could significantly decrease recruiting expenses, lost time due to injury, and training costs for female military recruits. The aims of this prospective, non-experimental study of female military recruits are to: (1) Describe the incidence and prevalence of back injury. (2) Describe the distribution of types of back injuries in basic training. (3) Identify basic training tasks which are leading causes of back injury. (4) Identify physical performance, trunk performance, functional lifting ability, back knowledge, behavioral, psychosocial, and demographic factors that correlate with development of back injury. (5) Identify a model which can predict the likelihood of back injury during basic training. A convenience sample of at least 700 female recruits attending basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC will be examined. Explanatory variables will be collected prior to beginning training activities. Back injury, the response variable, will be obtained from medical records and a self-reported questionnaire prior to graduation. Rates, frequencies, and percentages will be used to accomplish aims 1, 2, and 3. Point-biserial correlation coefficients will be calculated between the dichotomous response variable and the predictor variables (aim number 4). An all subsets logistic regression method will be employed to address aim number 5.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), *WOUNDS AND INJURIES, *MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM, *RECRUITS, *EPIDEMIOLOGY, *FEMALES, HIGH RATE, RISK, MILITARY TRAINING, PREVENTIVE MEDICINE, SPINAL COLUMN.

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Biology
      Anatomy and Physiology
      Weapons Effects(biological)

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE