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Comparative Study
. 2006 Jun;171(6):522-5.
doi: 10.7205/milmed.171.6.522.

Comparison of Injury Rates Between Cadets With Limb Length Inequalities and Matched Control Subjects Over 1 Year of Military Training and Athletic Participation

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Comparative Study

Comparison of Injury Rates Between Cadets With Limb Length Inequalities and Matched Control Subjects Over 1 Year of Military Training and Athletic Participation

Donald Lee Goss et al. Mil Med. .

Abstract

Objectives: To compare lower-limb overuse injury and low back pain incidence among cadets with and without limb length inequality (LLI) over 1 year of military training and athletic participation.

Methods: A total of 1,100 cadets were screened for LLIs; 126 of 1,100 were identified to have a LLI of > 0.5 cm and were assigned a matched control cadet. Injury rates, numbers of visits to sick call, and numbers of days spent on medical excusal during a 1-year period were then compared for the 252 cadets.

Results: There was no difference in prevalence of injury between the groups and no significant differences (p > 0.05) between the groups in injury rates, visits to sick call, or number of days spent on medical excusal.

Conclusions: These findings do not support any increased incidence of injuries in a young, healthy, athletic, military population with mild LLIs, compared with matched control subjects without LLIs, over 1 year.

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