Injuries and injury surveillance systems in military and other tactical occupations

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Tactical personnel, like those in the military, law enforcement and firefighting, are required to participate in vigorous occupational training and perform demanding tasks in dangerous and unpredictable environments. As such, these personnel are susceptible to a variety of injuries. The impacts of these injuries include losing personnel capable of deployment and the loss of critical skills and experience. In addition, there are fiscal costs of finding and training new personnel and for personnel rehabilitation and compensation. Developing an understanding of the similarities and differences in injury presentations across various tactical populations can guide development of an optimized and unified injury risk management approach. Tried and tested approaches that have led to positive outcomes can be shared across occupations to address similar concerns. However, such approaches depend on detailed knowledge of factors that contribute to injuries in specific tactical contexts and populations, so that injury prevention, rehabilitation and return-to-work approaches can consider these factors and adequately prepare personnel to be resistant to injury or re-injury through appropriate strength and conditioning and skills training. The aim of this session is therefore to elucidate and allow comparisons of the types, sources and causes of injuries across a range of tactical contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s90
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue numbers2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2017


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