Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits

Sam D. Blacker, David M. Wilkinson, James L. J. Bilzon, Mark P. Rayson

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This study aimed to identify risk factors for training injuries resulting in referral to a remedial instructor (RI) or medical discharge (MD) among British Army recruits undertaking initial training. Physical performance and anthropometric data for 11,937 male and 1,480 female recruits were examined as potential risk factors for RI referral and MD, using Cox regression. There was a trend showing that female recruits' MD rates were higher than male recruits' rates (p = 0.096), and RI referral rates were significantly greater for women than for men (p = 0.041). The independent risk factors for MD were 2.4-km run time, ethnicity, and Army training regiment attended (p < 0.001), and those for RI referral were 2.4-km run time, ethnicity, Army training regiment attended, and body mass index (p < 0.001). Gender was not an independent risk factor for injury, suggesting that lower levels of aerobic fitness are the primary cause of the greater incidence of injury among female recruits during British Army initial training.
LanguageEnglish
Pages278-286
Number of pages9
JournalMilitary Medicine
Volume173
Issue number3
StatusPublished - Mar 2008

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Blacker, S. D., Wilkinson, D. M., Bilzon, J. L. J., & Rayson, M. P. (2008). Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits.

Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits. / Blacker, Sam D.; Wilkinson, David M.; Bilzon, James L. J.; Rayson, Mark P.

In: Military Medicine, Vol. 173, No. 3, 03.2008, p. 278-286.

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Blacker, SD, Wilkinson, DM, Bilzon, JLJ & Rayson, MP 2008, 'Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits' Military Medicine, vol. 173, no. 3, pp. 278-286.
Blacker SD, Wilkinson DM, Bilzon JLJ, Rayson MP. Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits. Military Medicine. 2008 Mar;173(3):278-286.
Blacker, Sam D. ; Wilkinson, David M. ; Bilzon, James L. J. ; Rayson, Mark P./ Risk factors for training injuries among British Army recruits. In: Military Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 173, No. 3. pp. 278-286
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