Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Unintentional Nonfatal Injury Among the United States Air Force Active Duty
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Unintentional nonfatal injuries were the third leading cause of hospitalizations in the United States Air Force in 1992. The Air Force places great emphasis on the need for its personnel to maintain physical fitness as a key to supporting the demanding requirements of its worldwide missions. Despite current surveillance techniques, little extant literature explicates the degree to which cardiorespiratory fitness contributes to nonfatal unintentional injuries within the Air Force active duty ADAF population. Injury outcomes were examined in relation to cardiorespiratory fitness levels among the ADAF. Methods A case-control study design was used to explore the relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and injuries among injured and non-injured USAF personnel in 1999 and 2000 n 72,730. Personnel who were injured in 2000 comprised the cases n 39,688 they must have completed a cycle ergometry fitness test in 2000 prior to the date of the injury. Controls n 33,042 were uninjured ADAF airmen who had been on active duty for at least one year, had a physical examination, and a cyde ergometry fitness assessment in 1999. Both multiple logistic regression and polychotomous logistic regression models were filled to the data to examine the associations between cardiorespiratory fitness and injuries.
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