Accession Number : AD1002753

Title :   Evaluation of Injuries among Command and General Staff College Students, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Jan 2014,28 Feb 2015

Corporate Author : Army Public Health Center (Provisional) Aberdeen Proving Ground United States

Personal Author(s) : Canham-Chervak,Michelle ; Grier,Tyson L ; Steelman,Ryan A ; Bushman,Timothy B ; Jones,Bruce H

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Report Date : 30 Nov 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Two years after the closing of the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, an active duty Army physical therapist was once again assigned to serve Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) students. Purpose: To evaluate the effects of a physical therapist on injuries and physical fitness of CGSC students and assess risk factors for injury. Methods: Demographics, health behaviors, physical training (PT) activities, and Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) results were collected by survey from CGSC Class 14-02 at the start and end of the 10-month course. The CGSC Class 13-02, one year prior, did not have an assigned physical therapist and was used for comparison. For both classes, administrative APFT records were obtained from CGSC and injury medical encounter data were obtained from the Military Health System Management Analysis and Reporting Tool (M2). Results: Electronic medical records were available for 293 (99%) students in Class 14-02 and 284 (97%) students in Class 13-02. For Class 14-02, cumulative injury incidence did not differ from injuries one year prior to CGSC (56.1% vs. 56.3%, p=0.93). Class 14-02 injury incidence also did not differ from Class 13-02 (56% vs. 54%, p=0.50). Responses from students who completed initial and follow-up surveys (n=38) showed improvements in APFT run times and push-ups and no changes in body composition. The proportion who conducted sprint training 1-2 times per week decreased slightly during CGSC (78% vs. 53%, p=0.06); no other changes in PT activities were observed. An analysis of injury risk factors found students with an injury in the year prior to CGSC were nearly 4 times more likely to be seen for an injury during CGSC, controlling for age and gender.

Descriptors :   ARMY , PHYSICAL THERAPY , physical fitness , army personnel , students , wounds and injuries

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE