How to Avoid Personal Injuries When Training in the Military

Military training aims to make soldiers battle-ready. It begins with eight (or more) weeks of basic military training. The bulk of this training is composed of intense physical activity such as running, obstacle courses, and ruck marches/load carriages. Rigorous drills and exercises aim to strengthen recruits in preparation for deployment and operations. However, military training… Read More

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What is the Current Evidence Base for Exercise-based MSI Prevention Strategies in the Military?

Research Paper Title Exercise Programmes to Reduce the Risk of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Military Personnel: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Background To evaluate the effect of exercise programmes on reduction of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) risk in military populations. This was a systematic review and meta-analysis with a database search was conducted in PubMed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane… Read More

Soldiers Future Injury Risk & Prevention Programmes to Reduce Medical Costs & Time Lost

Research Paper Title Identification of Risk Factors Prospectively Associated With Musculoskeletal Injury in a Warrior Athlete Population. Background Musculoskeletal injuries are a primary source of disability. Understanding how risk factors predict injury is necessary to individualise and enhance injury reduction programmes. Because of the multi-factorial nature of musculoskeletal injuries, multiple risk factors will provide a… Read More

What is the Impact of Musculoskeletal Injuries on US Army Readiness?

Research Paper Title Musculoskeletal Injuries and United States Army Readiness Part I: Overview of Injuries and Their Strategic Impact. Background Noncombat injuries (“injuries”) greatly impact soldier health and United States (U.S.) Army readiness; they are the leading cause of outpatient medical encounters (more than two million annually) among active component (AC) soldiers. Noncombat musculoskeletal injuries… Read More

Shock-absorbing Insoles & Military Boots: An Effective Solution?

Research Paper Title Functional Evaluation of a Shock Absorbing Insole During Military Training in a Group of Soldiers: A Pilot Study. Background Soldiers’ lower limbs and feet are frequently affected by overload- and overuse-related injuries. In order to prevent or limit the incidence of these injuries, the use of foot orthoses is often recommended. The… Read More

Thinking of Joining a Bootcamp without Physical Training? Think Again

It is generally believed that a bootcamp applicant is likely to sustain a few injuries during the course of basic training. And while injuries during basic training are common, they are often the consequence of a lack of preparation prior to basic training. However, this article would not hold much value if we simply told… Read More

Distinguishing Non-Freezing Cold Injuries (NFCI) from NFCI Mimics

Research Paper Title Case series of non-freezing cold injury: the modern clinical syndrome. Background Non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) occurs when peripheral tissue is damaged by cold exposure but not to the extent of freezing. Historically, the phenotype of NFCIs sustained was severe, whereas today the spectrum of injury represented in the UK military predominantly comprises… Read More