Self-reported musculoskeletal acute and overuse injuries among Latvian infantry soldiers

Darja Nesterovica (Coresponding Author), Normunds Vaivads, Ainars Stepens

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    Musculoskeletal injuryis the leading cause of disability among different military populationsthat results in socioeconomic burden and negatively affects military readiness. Study aim wasto describe self-reported musculoskeletal injuries among Latvian infantry soldiers during one-year period. Survey-based cross-sectional studywas carried out. Data was assessed using survey about injuries that occurred in one-year period during annual medical check-up.Musculoskeletal injuries were classified accordingto body regions as it is in Barellinjury matrix and by injury type –acute or overuse.Study results showed in one-year injury incidence rate was 867.8casesper 1000 person-years (95% CI 824.8 –913.0) with total 197 musculoskeletal injuries reported among active duty infantry soldiers.Typical acute injuries were superficial contusion injuries (n=24), fractures (n=21), joint dislocations (n=21) and sprains (n=29). Typical overuse diagnoses were lower back pain (n=42), patellofemoral pain syndrome (n=11), medial tibial stress syndrome (n=9), plantar fasciitis (n=8). Present study showed high incidenceof overuse back injuries and overuse and acute lower leg injuries. Mostly of reported injuriescould be classified as preventable andshouldbe reduced through injury reduction programmes
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība = Society. Integration. Education
    Subtitle of host publicationstarptautiskās zinātniskās konferences materiāli = proceedings of the international scientific conference
    EditorsVelta Lubkina, Aivars Kaupužs, Daina Znotiņa
    Place of PublicationRēzekne
    PublisherRēzeknes Tehnoloģiju akadēmija
    Volume6 : Sabiedrības veselība un sports. Pētījumi ekonomikas un vadības jomā ilgtspējīgai izglītībai
    Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2020
    EventInternational Scientific Conference “Society. Integration. Education: Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība”, 2020 - Rēzekne, Latvia
    Duration: 22 May 202023 May 2020

    Publication series

    NameSociety. Integration. Education=Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība
    PublisherRezekne Academy of Technologies
    ISSN (Print)1691-5887
    ISSN (Electronic)2256-0629


    ConferenceInternational Scientific Conference “Society. Integration. Education: Sabiedrība. Integrācija. Izglītība”, 2020
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    • Barell matrix
    • musculoskeletal injuries
    • military personnel
    • occupational health

    Field of Science*

    • 3.3 Health sciences

    Publication Type*

    • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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