Accession Number:

ADA371486

Title:

An Investigation Of Injuries Among Officers Attending The US Army War College During Academic Year 1999.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ENGINE

Report Date:

1999-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

63.0

Abstract:

An epidemiological consultation EPIC ON was conducted to determine injury rates and causes of injuries among senior Army officers attending the US Army War College AWC during Academic Year 1999 AY99. A retrospective review of the medical records was conducted and records obtained on 230 of the 249 US military students 92. There were 636 visits to medical care providers during AY99 with 51 of these for injury. There were 169 new injury cases first visit for an injury during the 1month period making the crude rate 7.3 injuries 100 student-months. Thirty-nine percent of new injury visits were classified as ovemse, 59 were classified traumatic, and 2 were classified environmental cold injury and insect bites. Upper body and lower body injuries accounted for 36 and 62 , respectively of all new injuries. The cumulative injury incidence students with one or more injuries during AY99 was 56. This incidence was twice as high as the 28 incidence found in Academic Year 1992 p 0.01, 95 confidence interval 1.6 to 2.6. In AY99, sport-related activity accounted for over 40 of all new injury cases 68169 with sport-specific percentages as follows softball 17, basketball 10, volleyball 4, running 4, other sports 6. In 47 of cases no activity was listed in association with the injury. Students with an ankle sprain in the 5 years prior to the AWC were more likely to suffer another ankle sprain compared to students who did not have a prior sprain p0.02. Recommendations for injury reduction included 1 task-specific warm up for sports 2 ankle for students with prior ankle orthoses sprains 3 classes on injury control techniques 4 use of breakaway or compressive bases for softball 5 field maintenance to reduce the number of holes and rough spots in softball play areas6 padding of poles, backstops, field walls, and other objects players are likely to contact.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE