A comparison of musculoskeletal injuries in traffic and highway patrol officers and other officers

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Aim: To investigate and compare injuries between Traffic and Highway Patrol Officers and Other Officers in a State Police Force.
Design: Retrospective cohort study.
Method: Data were provided from an Australian State Police Force incident reporting database in the form of an excel spreadsheet. The data consisted of officially reported in-juries to officers which occurred between 01 July 2017 and 30 June 2022. Data were stratified into Traffic and Highway Patrol (THP) and other officers. Ethics approval was provided by the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee #BS02126.
Results: THP officers suffered significantly more injuries than other officers (THP=416.69/1000 person-years; other=356.63/1000 person-years; IRR=1.17 (95% CI 1.13 to 1.20)). The most injured bodily location for THP was the trunk (17%) and knee (16%) and for other officers, the hand (18%) and trunk (14%). “Sprains, strains, jarring, twisting” were the most common natures of injuries (THP = 40%: other officers = 32%). For THP,
“slips, trips and falls” (14%) were the most common, known, cause of injuries, followed by “physical assault”
(12%). This order was reversed in other officers (14% and 21%, respectively).
Conclusion: THP officers experience around 17% more injuries than other officers. While the nature of the injuries were common between both groups, there were some differences in the causes and body sites of injury, albeit minor.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2023
EventAustralian Physiotherapy Association: INGNITE Physiotherapy Conference 2023 - Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 5 Oct 20237 Oct 2023


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