Survey of Injuries and Injury Risk Factors in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, November 2014 - January 2015
Technical Report,01 Nov 2014,31 Jan 2015
Army Public Health Center Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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At Fort Stewart, as in other Army populations, injuries are the leading cause of medical encounters, leading to limited duty days and impacting the readiness of military units. Purpose To assess injuries among Soldiers from two battalions in 3ID-2BCT 1-30BN and 3-15BN. Methods Demographics, APFT performance, self-assessed fitness, unit and personal physical training programs, leadership support perceptions, and injury history were collected by electronic survey from members of 3ID-2BCT, November 2014-January 2015. Descriptive statistics were reported and independent factors associated with injuries were determined through multivariable logistic regression. Results A total of 831 members out of 1,395 Soldiers in 3ID-2BCT completed the survey 60 response rate. Over one third 37 of respondents reported at least one injury in the past 6 months. Common injury types were sprains and strains 40 and tears 15. Frequently injured body parts were the knee 23, lower back 17, and ankle 12. Leading mechanisms were overuserepetitive activities 46, single overexertiontwisting efforts 17, and falls 16. Leading activities associated with injury were running for physical training 27, marching with a load 22, and weightlifting for physical training 10. Factors associated with injury included age above 34 years, officer rank, unit and personal physical training activities, and perceptions about leadership support. Conclusions The most common injuries among respondents in 3ID-2BCT were sprains and strains to lower extremities due to physical training and marching with a load, as well as back injuries from weightlifting and occupational lifting. Injury prevention initiatives should focus on injuries related to running, road marching, and weightlifting. Leadership should regularly review the current status of unit injuries, and educate Soldiers on common causes and recommendations to reduce injury.
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