Descriptive epidemiology of unintentional musculoskeletal injuries among Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen
Methods: Self-reported injury data were obtained from 104 SWCC Operators (age = 27.5 ± 5.4 years (mean ± SD)). Musculoskeletal injuries were described and classified according to their frequency, anatomic location, anatomic sub-location, cause, type, activity during injury, and potential for prevention.
Results: The frequency of self-reported musculoskeletal injuries was 31.6 injuries per 100 subjects per year. Common anatomic locations were the lower extremity (20/37, 54.1% of injuries) and upper extremity (11/37, 29.7%). Common anatomic sub-locations were the knee (12/37, 32.4%) and shoulder (8/37, 21.6%). Lifting was the most frequent cause of injuries (8/37, 21.6%), followed by running (6/37, 16.2%). Most injuries occurred during physical training (14/37, 37.8%), followed by recreational activity/ sports (8/37, 21.6%). Common injury types were sprain (7/37, 18.9%) and pain/ spasm/ ache (5/37, 13.5%). Twenty two musculoskeletal injuries (22/37, 59.5% of injuries) were potentially preventable by an injury prevention training program. The frequency of preventable musculoskeletal injuries was 18.8 injuries per 100 subjects per year.
Conclusion: Musculoskeletal injuries cause significant morbidity among SWCC Operators. Many of these injuries are amenable to prevention. There is a need for a customized injury prevention program in this population of SWCC Operators.
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Identify the frequency of musculoskeletal injuries reported by Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen. Describe common types of musculoskeletal injuries among Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen.
Keyword(s): Epidemiology, Public Health Research
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