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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(4), 370; doi:10.3390/ijerph13040370

The Injury Profile of an Australian Specialist Policing Unit

Deakin University, School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Geelong 3216, Australia
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN), Deakin University, Geelong 3216, Australia
Human Performance Science, Melbourne 3004, Australia
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 13 January 2016 / Revised: 22 March 2016 / Accepted: 22 March 2016 / Published: 25 March 2016
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This study investigated the injuries sustained by an Australian specialist police division. Injury records spanning four-years were analyzed. The role being performed when the injury occurred, injury cause, body part injured, and injury-related costs were quantified. The percentage of personnel injured multiple times was documented. One hundred and thirty eight personnel reported injuries, 58 of these on multiple occasions. This resulted in 229 injuries and 76 claims being raised. Half of the injuries occurred during operational policing tasks, however training activities accounted for >30% of injuries. The most common injury was strain/sprain, and upper body injuries were 2.5-times more common than lower-body or torso injuries. 1107 shifts were lost, and injuries cost the organization $487,159 (Australian Dollars) over the four-year period. The injury costs (both financial and in manpower) may prompt policy makers to review the current training and post-injury rehabilitation protocols. View Full-Text
Keywords: police; special forces; injury analysis; workplace injury police; special forces; injury analysis; workplace injury

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Larsen, B.; Aisbett, B.; Silk, A. The Injury Profile of an Australian Specialist Policing Unit. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 370.

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