Soldier occupational load carriage: a narrative review of associated injuries

Orr, Robin Marc, Pope, Rodney, Johnston, Venerina and Coyle, Julia (2013) Soldier occupational load carriage: a narrative review of associated injuries. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 21 4: 388-396. doi:10.1080/17457300.2013.833944


Author Orr, Robin Marc
Pope, Rodney
Johnston, Venerina
Coyle, Julia
Title Soldier occupational load carriage: a narrative review of associated injuries
Journal name International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1745-7300
1745-7319
Publication date 2013-09-13
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/17457300.2013.833944
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 388
End page 396
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This narrative review examines injuries sustained by soldiers undertaking occupational load carriage tasks. Military soldiers are required to carry increasingly heavier occupational loads. These loads have been found to increase the physiological cost to the soldier and alter their gait mechanics. Aggregated research findings suggest that the lower limbs are the most frequent anatomical site of injury associated with load carriage. While foot blisters are common, other prevalent lower limb injuries include stress fractures, knee and foot pain, and neuropathies, like digitalgia and meralgia. Shoulder neuropathies (brachial plexus palsy) and lower back injuries are not uncommon. Soldier occupational load carriage has the potential to cause injuries that impact on force generation and force sustainment. Through understanding the nature of these injuries targeted interventions, like improved physical conditioning and support to specialised organisations, can be employed.
Keyword Load carriage
Injury prevention
Military
Injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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