Falls continue to be a leading cause of both inpatient (hospitalization) and outpatient Soldier injuries, and the primary cause for civilian injury compensation claims. Fall injuries most commonly include fractures, sprains, and strains to legs, ankles and feet, as well as the arms and wrists. Lost or restricted duty days for these injuries can be for 90-120 days.
While falls can occur during any activity, most commonly reported incidents occur during icy and snowy conditions. Fall injuries are also common when playing basketball, parachuting (landing improperly), climbing in/out of non-moving motor vehicles, and tripping over irregular surfaces.
Read our Fall-Related Injuries Factsheet for prevention tactics. Also see Chapter 14, Army's Leader Guide to Civilian Safety . Technical references.
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