Predictors of Back Injury Among Women Military Recruits
Annual rept. 1 Oct 1998-30 Sep 1999
ALABAMA UNIV IN BIRMINGHAM
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Military recruit training is physically demanding and results in a high rate of musculoskeletal injuries. Identification of back injury risk factors and the successful development of preventive measures could significantly decrease recruiting expenses, lost time due to back injury, and training costs for female military recruits. The aims of this prospective, non-experimental study of female military recruits are to 1. Recommend exercise and educational interventions for reducing the incidence of back injury. 2. Identify risk factors for back injury and discomfort by testing a aerobic capacity, b upper body strength, c lower body strength, d functional lifting ability, e hamstring flexibility, f body composition, g smoking status, h previous back injury, i back knowledge, j life satisfaction, and k demographic factors. 3. Describe the distribution of types of back injuries which occur in women recruits and the basic training tasks which are leading causes of back injury in that group of recruits. A convenience sample of 1200 female recruits attending basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes will be examined. Back injury and discomfort, the response variables, will be obtained from medical records and a self-report questionnaire prior to graduation.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Stress Physiology