Deployment Injuries and Injury Risk Factors in a Light Infantry Brigade Combat Team, May 2011-May 2012
Technical Report,01 May 2011,31 May 2012
U.S. Army Public Health Center Aberdeen Proving Ground United States
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Army Soldiers are asked to work in difficult terrain and harsh environments while deployed, with musculoskeletal and non-battle injuries as a major, if not the most prevalent, cause of injury during deployment. Purpose To describe physical training, injuries, and injury risk factors during deployment for Soldiers in the 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Methods In AprilMay 2012, in support of the Soldier Medical Readiness Campaign, the Army Public Health Center was tasked by the Office of the Surgeon General OTSG to administer surveys to the 2d Brigade, 4th Infantry Division 2-4ID in order to assess injuries throughout a deployment cycle. Surveys collected data on unit physical training PT, personal PT, tobacco use, and injuries during deployment. Injury data included mechanisms, activities, and limited duty days associated with injury. Two multivariable logistic regression models were used to assess factors associated with injury risk. Results In total, there were 1,959 men and 132 women surveyed. Most Soldiers were male 94, between 26 and 30 years old 29, and enlisted 93. While deployed, 926 Soldiers 45 reported participating in unit PT and 97 of Soldiers n2,028 reported having a personal PT program. Despite training in the Iron Horse Optimization Program prior to deployment, over 40 reported that unit PT during deployment centered on traditional PT, or training for the APFT. Though resistance training was common, with 84 reporting participation in resistance training on their own while deployed, cross-training was not common. Nearly one-third 30 indicated that they had been injured during deployment 30 of men, 29 of women. For those who indicated that they had been injured during their most recent deployment, 52 percent had more than one injury 52 of men, 58 of women. Lower extremities 39, followed by upper extremities 27, and the spine and back 19 were the leading body areas injured.
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