Evaluation of a Progressive Unit-Based Running Program During Advanced Individual Training
ARMY MEDICAL DEPT CENTER AND SCHOOL FORT SAM HOUSTON TX
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Over fifty percent of outpatient clinic visits at Fort Sam Houston are for musculoskeletal injuries. The purpose of this project was to examine high injury cause data, implement interventions, and evaluate their effectiveness in reducing musculoskeletal clinic visits and profiles. Two consecutive, ten-week 91B10 classes n 175 and 344 respectively were tracked for unit reports of new and accumulated profiles, APFT scores, and Troop Medical Clinic reports of clinic visits and profiles. The first class conducted physical training using traditional methods pre-RT. The second class used a running template RT emphasizing state-of-the-art knowledge on progressive training with a shorter initial running distance, a gradual buildup of distance, increased use of interval training, decreased use of distance runs, and strict adherence to the template. Results revealed fewer new profiles for the RT group pre-RT 43.11, RT 25.66, c2 15.01, p 0.01 and fewer accumulated profiles. There was no difference between the two groups in terms of diagnostic and final APFT pass rates or scores p 0.05. Musculoskeletal clinic visits decreased by 36.5 3.5 to 2.2 per 100 soldiers representing a cost savings of 1679 per week for one battalion. New musculoskeletal profiles were reduced by 48.6 3.9 to 2.0 per 100 soldiers representing a savings of 612 limited duty days per week for one battalion. The running template was successful in reducing musculoskeletal clinic visits and profiles while maintaining physical readiness. Similar programs are recommended for MT sites across the Army.
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