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.
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2017|
|Event||APA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017 - Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 19 Oct 2017 → 21 Oct 2017
|Conference||APA National Physiotherapy Conference MOMENTUM 2017|
|Period||19/10/17 → 21/10/17|
|Other||Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Momentum 2017 is organized by Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and would be held during Oct 19 - 21, 2017 at Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The target audience for this medical meeting basically for Physicians. |
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