Injuries and Physical Fitness Before and After Deployments of the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan and the 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq, September 2005 - October 2008
Final rept. Sep 2005-Oct 2008
ARMY CENTER FOR HEALTH PROMOTION AND PREVENTIVE MEDICINE ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This project examined injuries and physical fitness before and after deployments of the 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan 10thMt cohort, n505 men and 1st Cavalry Division to Iraq 1stCav cohort, n3242 men. Deployed Soldiers outpatient medical encounters were obtained from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and examined for injuries during two consecutive 90-day periods before Periods 1-2 and two consecutive 90-day periods after deployment Periods 3-4. Army Physical Fitness Test APFT data were obtained from testing 4-6 months before and after deployment. Both deployed groups showed post deployment increases in injury incidence 10thMt14.1, 14.1, 16.4, 23.4 1stCav15.1, 12.4, 35.4, 43.4 Periods 1-4, respectively. Limited APFT data n178, 10thMt n90, 1stCav indicated that average post deployment body weights were higher 3-9 lb, but there was generally little difference in the pre- and post deployment push-up and sit-up scores. The 10thMt group had similar pre- and post deployment 2-mile run times, but the 1stCav demonstrated an average 5 slower post deployment run time. This project documented a post deployment increase in injuries. Further, in some cases, physical fitness may not return to pre deployment levels even 4 to 6 months post deployment, although an appropriate physical training program may ameliorate this effect.
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