Profiles of musculoskeletal injuries among Greek Army officer cadets during basic combat training

Mil Med. 2011 Mar;176(3):297-303. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-10-00196.


Objective: Injury prevalence and types of injury were recorded among Greek Army officer cadets during basic combat training (BCT).

Methods: Two hundred thirty-three male recruits from the Hellenic Army Academy were monitored for musculoskeletal injuries during a 7-week BCT period.

Results: Sixty-six (28.3%) recruits suffered from some form of injury, leading to 1.22 training days lost per study recruit. More than half of the injuries (51.3%) occurred in the first 2 weeks of the BCT, with ankle/foot strains and sprains being the most common injuries.

Conclusion: Despite the absence of fractures and the low number of upper extremity injuries during the BCT, injury prevalence was high, with ankle- and foot-related injuries to be responsible for a long period of lost training days. Preventive efforts should focus on addressing the high rate of first-time and recurrent ankle ligament sprains and possible protective equipment to limit their frequency and severity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology
  • Back Injuries / epidemiology
  • Foot Injuries / epidemiology
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Personnel*
  • Musculoskeletal System / injuries*
  • Prevalence
  • Sprains and Strains / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Young Adult