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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