Military load carriage injuries and discomfort: A questionnaire survey

S.A. Birrell, R.A. Haslam

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Abstract

Injuries are recognised as the leading health problem for the military services. However, research into the effect of load carriage on injury rates and discomfort seems to be lacking in the published literature. Work conducted for this study distributed a questionnaire to 90 students at a defence 6th form college. The questionnaire collected injury and discomfort data from students with particular focus on two weeks of military style exercises conducted prior to completing the questionnaire. Results from the study showed that the lower back was rated as the most uncomfortable region of the body following a typical period of load carriage, with the shoulders second. Approximately 20% of participants reported at least one injury, with the lower back accounting for 53% of the injuries sustained. In addition persistent discomfort was experienced by 57% of participants, with the lower back accounting for just under half of these.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2008
EditorsPhilip D Bust
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Pages502-507
ISBN (Print)9780415465755
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2008 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 20083 Apr 2008

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNottingham
Period1/04/083/04/08

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    Birrell, S. A., & Haslam, R. A. (2008). Military load carriage injuries and discomfort: A questionnaire survey. In P. D. Bust (Ed.), Contemporary Ergonomics 2008 (pp. 502-507). Taylor & Francis.