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

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Musculoskeletal Injuries: Elite Military Training & Dropout Rates

Research Paper Title One out of four recruits drops out from elite military training due to musculoskeletal injuries in the Netherlands Armed Forces. Background Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are among the main causes of dropout from military training. The main purpose of this study was to provide an overview of dropout rates and MSI incidence rates… Read More

Linking Dietary Supplements & Ingredients & Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

Research Paper Title Dietary Ingredients as an Alternative Approach for Mitigating Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: Evidence-Based Recommendations for Practice and Research in the Military. Background Approximately 55-76% of Service members use dietary supplements for various reasons, including pain and related outcomes. This work evaluates current research on dietary ingredients for chronic musculoskeletal pain to inform decisions… Read More

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

What is the Relationship between 1.5-mile run time & Injury Risk in Female Recruits during British Army Basic Training?

Research Paper Title Running to breaking point? The relationship between 1.5-mile run time and injury risk in female recruits during British Army basic training. Background The 1.5-mile best-effort run is used in the British Army to assess the fitness of all recruits and trained service personnel by means of the physical fitness assessment (PFA). The… Read More

4 Orthotic Aids to Help Training

Does your body require a little extra support during training because of a previous fitness injury or biomechanical deficiency? While physical training and strengthening workouts can go a long way to addressing common musculoskeletal (MSK) issues, your efforts may be complemented by a wearable orthotic aid. Check out this quick guide to four orthotic supports… Read More