Date of Award

5-1-2001

Degree Type

Restricted Access Professional Report

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Clinical Research and Education: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Muriel Marshall

Second Advisor

Sharon Clark

Third Advisor

Antonio Rene

Abstract

Lorich, Michael F., Line-of-Duty Injury or Illness Incidence in an Air National Guard Unit. Master of Public Health, DO/MPH track, May 2001, 31 p.p., 3 tables, 4 illustrations, reference list, addendum. Line-of-duty injuries or illnesses (LODs) suffered by members of Air National Guard units may demonstrate the status of unit safety, unit readiness and deployability, a potentially significant area of unit expenditures, and areas of needed health promotion. This descriptive pilot study was conducted at the unit commander’s request to determine an apparent doubling of the prevailing incidence of LODs over a recent quarterly period. Tracking of injuries and injured individuals was problematic. The vast majority of LODs were musculoskeletal in nature. Decreased fitness level (Identified as elevated body mass index (BMI)) among males and increased age were related to increased LODs. Recommendations were given to improve tracking, identify individuals at increased risk, provide pre-training assessment, and institute health promotion focused on musculoskeletal injuries.

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