Army Injury Prevention

Last Updated: September 15, 2022
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​​​InjuriesExternal Link are damage to a body caused by an external energy source. When the damage requires a medical visit, the type of injury is captured for Soldiers in their medical record. The monitoring of Soldier injuries includes categorizing the injuries by the type of causal energy source. Energy sources can be:​

       - M​​​echanical (i.e, acute trauma such as fractures or strains from a single event, or cumulative overuse damage from the body’s repeated stress against an object or surface) 

       - Environmental (including weather-related heat or cold, altitude/pressure, lightning) 

       - Chemical or biochemical (poisonings) 

       - Non-environmental (e.g., fire burns, electrocutions) 

       ​- ​Other (e.g., medical complications, intentional/abuse) ​

​ THE FACTS:​

Chart showing Burden of Injuries summary by disease category, active duty Army 2018


BENEFITS OF PREVENTING INJURIES:
  • Reduce time loss to physical restrictions for work/training (reduced temporary profile)
  • Decrease costs (direct medical, compensation/disability, & lost duty time)
  • Improve overall performance (individual and unit)

NEW AND HIGHLIGHTED PRODUCTS:


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