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Initial subjective load carriage injury data collected with interviews and questionnaires.
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PMID:  17436777     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to identify the types, incidence, and causes of any potential load carriage injuries or discomfort as a result of a 2-hour, forced-speed, treadmill march carrying 20 kg. Subjective load carriage data were collected, through both interviews and questionnaires, from relatively inexperienced soldiers after a period of load carriage. Results from the study showed that the upper limb is very susceptible to short-term discomfort, whereas the lower limb is not. The shoulders were rated significantly more uncomfortable then any other region, and blisters were experienced by approximately 60% of participants. Shoulder discomfort commences almost as soon as the load is added and increases steadily with time; however, foot discomfort increases more rapidly once the discomfort materializes. In conclusion, early development of shoulder pain or blisters may be a risk factor for severe pain or noncompletion of a period of prolonged load carriage.
Stewart A Birrell; Robin H Hooper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  172     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-17     Completed Date:  2007-05-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  306-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Sciences, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, LEl 1 3TU, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Blister / epidemiology,  etiology
Exercise Test*
Gait / physiology
Great Britain / epidemiology
Interviews as Topic
Lifting / adverse effects*
Military Medicine*
Military Personnel*
Musculoskeletal Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Neck Injuries / epidemiology,  etiology*
Occupational Diseases / epidemiology,  etiology*,  physiopathology
Pilot Projects
Risk Factors
Shoulder Pain / epidemiology,  etiology*
Weight-Bearing / physiology*
Work Capacity Evaluation*

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