Stress fractures in military recruits. A prospective study showing an unusually high incidence

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1985 Nov;67(5):732-5. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.67B5.4055871.


In a prospective study of 295 male Israeli military recruits a 31% incidence of stress fractures was found. Eighty per cent of the fractures were in the tibial or femoral shaft, while only 8% occurred in the tarsus and metatarsus. Sixty-nine per cent of the femoral stress fractures were asymptomatic, but only 8% of those in the tibia. Even asymptomatic stress fractures do, however, need to be treated. Possible explanations for the unusually high incidence of stress fractures in this study are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Femoral Fractures / epidemiology*
  • Femoral Fractures / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Humans
  • Israel
  • Male
  • Metatarsus / injuries
  • Military Personnel*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Stress, Physiological / complications*
  • Tarsal Bones / injuries
  • Tibial Fractures / epidemiology*
  • Tibial Fractures / etiology