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Injury Rates, Limited Duty Days, Medically Not Ready Rates, and Injury Risk Factors in an Army Chemical Brigade

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Final rept. May 2013-Jun 2014

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A Chemical Brigade had reported a steady climb in injury rates and medically not ready rates. Purpose The purpose of this evaluation was to examine injury rates, medically not ready rates, and injury risk factors in U.S. Army Chemical Brigade Soldiers. Methods From May 2013 to July 2014, the Army Public Health Center APHC Injury Prevention Program administered electronic surveys to the brigade asking participants about personal characteristics, physical fitness training, injuries and tobacco use during the prior 12 months. Medical records were obtained from the Defense Medical Surveillance System DMSS and linked. Results There were 1,099 men and 391 women who completed the survey 81 of the brigade and on whom injury data could be obtained from the Defense Medical Surveillance System DMSS. In the past 12 months 69 of the Soldiers had one or more injuries as determined by medical records. The top three types of injuries experienced as determined by survey data were strainssprains, tears muscleligament, and brokenfractured bones. Multivariate analysis indicated that male Soldiers who were older 26-29 years old 20 years old OR 2.10, 95 CI, 1.21-3.65 30 years old 20 years old OR 2.71, 95 CI, 1.62-4.56 and had previously smoked ex-smokernon-smoker OR 1.51, 95 CI, 1.00-2.28 had a higher risk for injury. Analysis also indicated Soldiers who performed calisthenics with their unit 1-45 minutes per weekNone OR 0.42, 95 CI, 0.22-0.88 45 minutes per weekNone OR 0.37, 95 CI, 0.20-0.69 and agility drills with their unit 1-45 minutesNone OR 0.63, 95 CI, 0.44-0.89 had a significantly lowered risk for injury. Male Soldiers performing calisthenics during personal training 45 minutes per weekNone OR 0.63, 95 CI, 0.42-0.95 had significantly lower injury risk. The Chemical Brigade had 22 of Soldiers reporting a permanent profile during the last 12 months, while Army wide permanent profile incidence is 13

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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