Sit-Up Related Injuries Reported to the U.S. Army Safety Center, 1980-1998: A Case Series
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MA
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The Army Physical Fitness Test APFT is a three-event test including timed sit-up and push-up tests and a 2-mile timed run. Anecdotal reports suggesting that the sit-up event may contribute to back or neck injury led to this investigation of the only known historical data on sit-up related injuries. This case series analysis describes all sit-up related injuries among active duty soldiers that occurred between 1980 and 1998 and were reported to the US Army Safety Center N 57. Of these, 86 occurred to young men, 88 occurred on duty, and 98 occurred on a military installation. Approximately 80 of the injuries affected the back or neck. Nearly half occurred during the APFT 44, and approximately 75 of the soldiers who sustained sit-up related injuries experienced an immediate onset of symptoms. Twelve percent of the soldiers in our case series who experienced a sit-up related injury also had a prior injury, most typically of the back, neck, or shoulder. Notwithstanding the limitations of these data, this report confirms what is known in a general sense about sit-up related injuries and offers direction for further research.
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