Police Injuries in Profile

Kate Lyons, Rob Marc Orr, Rodney R Pope, Michael Stierli

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Aim: To determine the musculoskeletal profile of lower extremity injuries within a state law enforcement agency.


Design: Retrospective cohort study.


Methods: Data were collected by the NSW Police Force over a 7-year period (2009 - 2016). Data not meeting the specific definitions for musculoskeletal injury were excluded using a tiered system with data cleaned to ensure no incomplete entries and recoding to improve data integrity. Ethics approval was granted from Bond University (015360).


Results: Of the initial 65,579 incidents, 12,452 (19%) were musculoskeletal lower limb incidents. The knee was the most commonly injured site (31.4%) with sprains/strains (42.3%) the most common nature of injury and arresting offenders (24.2%) the most common incident activity. Slips/trips/falls (37.8%) were found to be the most common cause of injury. Variations were found between gender most notably within the incident activity (p<.001) where males had a 10.6% higher rate for resting an offender and females an 8.6% higher rate for walking/running. The mean number of hours worked prior to injury was 6.12±3.96, mean shift length = 10.34±3.52 hours.


Conclusion / Key Practice Points: The leading sites of injuries (knees and ankles) were similar to that of other tactical populations. The tendency for injuries to occur later in a shift suggest that fatigue may play a part.

·         Evidence based lower extremity injury reduction measures and return-to-work protocols may be of use in this population

·         Work hardening should include specific tasks (like arresting an offender) and progress to functionality over a full shift length.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017
EventAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017 - Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017


ConferenceAPA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017
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