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Title: Initial subjective load carriage injury data collected with interviews and questionnaires
Authors: Birrell, SA
Hooper, RH
Keywords: Soldiers;Health;Arm;Wounds & injuries;Blisters;Shouder pain;Leg
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Military Medicine
Citation: Military Medicine. 172(3): 306-311
Abstract: 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 ∼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.
ISSN: 0026-4075
Appears in Collections:Ergonomics
Dept of Design Research Papers

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