More Than Half of Armed Forces Injuries Occur During a 9-Week Basic Training Period
Army personnel are subjected to an environment where exposure to intensive training sessions, high-stress events, and long, tiring days and nights are common. The most typical injuries a soldier may encounter are overuse strains, sprains and fractures to the lower extremities. More than half of these injuries are exercise and sports-related, especially running and marching. Back and shoulder injuries could also occur from lifting and carrying heavy objects.
According to the 2020 MOD Health and Safety Statistics Summary, the rate of injury and health risks reported in the UK Army increased, while the number of participants has decreased from 2014 to 2019. Over half of all injuries occur during training, of which 35% affect the lower body such as the foot, leg, ankle, knee or hip. Realistic training allows trainees the closest resemblance to operational experience. Trainees are able to experience decision making and risk taking in hazardous conditions without endangering life and then later applying those skills to real life situations.