Accession Number : ADA613974


Title :   Evaluation of the Iron Horse Peformance Optimization Physical Training Program (IHPOP) in a Light Infantry Brigade, October 2010-April 2011


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 2010-Apr 2011


Corporate Author : ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD


Personal Author(s) : Grier, Tyson ; Canham-Chervak, Michelle ; Anderson, Morgan K ; Bushman, Timothy T ; Jones, Bruce H


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a613974.pdf


Report Date : 19 Jun 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 99


Abstract : Purpose: To evaluate the effect of a new physical training program on injury risks and to identify risk factors for injury in a Brigade of an Infantry Division. The program included the addition of physical therapy and athletic training staff. Methods: Demographics, physical fitness, and PT activities were obtained from surveys administered to Soldiers upon program implementation and 7 months later. Medical records captured injury-related encounters before and after implementation. Results: Both surveys and medical data were available for 1,250 Soldiers; data on matched males(n=1,183) were analyzed. Injury incidence pre and post-implementation did not differ (55 vs.57/1,000 Soldiers/month, p=0.64) and no difference between Army and brigade trends was observed (p=0.72). However, limited duty days increased after the implementation of the program by 32%. Fitness improved, although the changes measured by Army Physical Fitness Test total scores were significant, improvements were minimal (251 vs.255 points, p0.01). The proportion of Soldiers running 10 miles/week with their unit decreased (36% vs.26%, p0.01) and the proportion cross-training with their unit 1 time/week increased (66% vs.75%, p0.01). Conclusion: While injury rates did not change, the number of limited duty days increased by 32%. For physical training, running mileage decreased, while cross-training increased. Improved access to care may have increased injury identification, thereby masking reductions resulting from PT modifications.


Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL , *PHYSICAL FITNESS , *RISK , *WOUNDS AND INJURIES , DEMOGRAPHY , INFANTRY , STATISTICS , SURVEYS


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE