Musculoskeletal and Medical Morbidity Associated with Rigorous Physical Training
Final rept. Apr-Jun 1991
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The distribution and rates of medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries suffered during training by U.S. Navy SEAL Special Forces trainees were described in a prospective, descriptive epidemiological study. We studied consecutive classes of candidates undergoing the physically-demanding 25-week Navy Special Warfare indoctrination training during Spring 1991 in Coronado, CA. Healthy males, ages 19 to 31, contributed 482 trainee-months at risk. Combined medical conditions and musculoskeletal injuries occurred at a rate of 61.4 cases per 100 trainee-months at risk. Visits were nearly evenly split between medical conditions 31.7 cases100 trainee-months and musculoskeletal injuries 29.7 cases100 trainee-months. Respiratory complaints accounted for almost half 14. 7 cases100 trainee-months of the medical conditions, while overuse injuries primarily iliotibial band syndrome, patellofemoral syndrome, and stress fracture accounted for 90 of the musculoskeletal injuries. physical fitness, Injury, Epidemiology, Military, U.S. Navy, SEALS, Overuse injury, Physical training, Respiratory.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research