Are Soldiers Carrying Loads in Excess of 15 kg for Prolonged Periods at greater Risk of knee MSI than those with Less Exposure?

Research Paper Title Tibiofemoral joint contact forces increase with load magnitude and walking speed but remain almost unchanged with different types of carried load. Background Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) in the military reduce soldier capability and impose substantial costs. Characterising biomechanical surrogates of MSI during commonly performed military tasks (e.g., load carriage) is necessary for evaluating… Read More

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury & Post-Concussion Symptoms

Research Paper Title Long-Term Correlates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on Postconcussion Symptoms After Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan in the UK Military. Background The researchers assessed whether mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) reported by UK service personnel between 2007 and 2009 was associated with post-concussion symptoms (PCS) 7 to 8 years later. Methods A… Read More

What are the Recommended Medical & Non-medical Factors to Assess Military Preventable Deaths?

Research Paper Title Recommended medical and non-medical factors to assess military preventable deaths: subject matter experts provide valuable insights. Background Historically, there has been variability in the methods for determining preventable death within the US Department of Defense. Differences in methodologies partially explain variable preventable death rates ranging from 3% to 51%. The lack of… Read More

Does Hip Arthroscopy as part of a Structured Evidence-based Multidisciplinary Care Pathway produce Significant & Continued Symptomatic, Functional & Vocational Improvements?

Research Paper Title Prospective 12-month functional and vocational outcomes of hip arthroscopy for femoroacetabular impingement as part of an evidence-based hip pain rehabilitation pathway in an active military population. Background Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is common with an estimated prevalence of 10-15% among young active individuals. The natural history of the disorder is progression to early… Read More

What are the Factors Associated with Motorcycle Traffic Crash Fatalities among Active Duty US Army personnel?

Research Paper Title Factors associated with motorcycle traffic crash fatalities among active duty U.S. Army personnel. Background Research on factors associated with motorcycle fatalities among active duty US Army personnel is limited. This analysis describes motorcycle crash-related injuries from 1995 through 2014 and assesses the effect of alcohol use and helmet use on the risk… Read More

How Virtual Reality is Revolutionising Recovery for Injured Soldiers

Can you imagine being put into a life-size video game to help you recover from an injury? That is exactly what is happening to patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall. A new £1.8 million piece of kit called the Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (Caren) analyses how patients use their muscles and… Read More

What is the Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power & Agility in Tactical Occupations?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power and Agility in Tactical Occupations: A Critical Review. Background The current literature suggests that load carriage can impact on a tactical officer’s mobility, and that survival in the field may rely on the officer’s mobility. The ability for humans to generate power and… Read More