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The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit

Larsen, Brianna, Aisbett, Brad and Silk, Aaron 2016, The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.3390/ijerph13040370.

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Title The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit
Author(s) Larsen, Brianna
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Silk, Aaron
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Article ID 370
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1660-4601
Keyword(s) injury analysis
police
special forces
workplace injury
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph13040370
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083188

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