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Table 3 Activities reported by ARA and ARES recruits to have been undertaken at the time injuries occurred during basic training in the Australian Army, in the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014

From: Injuries in Australian Army full-time and part-time personnel undertaking basic training

  ARA ARES IRR (ARA/ARES) [95% CI]
Activity MPI SPI MPI SPI  
Physical Training (PT) 515 (40.6%) 10 (0.8%) 48 (32.0%) 1 (0.7%) 1.37 [0.84–2.25]
Combat Training 265 (20.0%) 7 (0.6%) 41 (27.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.85 [0.46–1.57]
Marching 117 (9.5%) 3 (0.2%) 16 (10.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.96 [0.36–2.54]
Unknown 117 (9.5%) 14 (1.1%) 17 (11.3%) 2 (1.3%) 0.88 [0.36–2.19]
Walking 54 (4.4%) 3 (0.2%) 6 (4.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.22 [0.27–5.50]
Manual/Materials Handling 27 (2.2%) 1 (0.1%) 5 (3.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.72 [0.11–4.78]
Sitting/standing 14 (1.1%) 1 (0.1%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Swimming 14 (1.1%) 1 (0.1%) 4 (2.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.48 [0.04–5.34]
Construction/Engineering 12 (1.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1 (0.7%) 0 (0.0%) 1.54 [0.05–52.39]
Personal Hygiene 10 (0.8%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Weapons familiarisation 9 (0.7%) 0 (0.0%) 5 (3.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.23 [0.01–3.93]
Sensitive 8 (0.6%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Cleaning 5 (0.4%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (1.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.32 [0.01–16.53]
Patient/Patient Care 5 (0.4%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Collated Others* 20 (1.6%) 3 (0.2%) 2 (1.3%) 0 (0.0%) 1.47 [0.12–18.21]
Total 1192 (96.5%) 43 (3.5%) 147 (98.0%) 3 (2.0%)  
  1. *Collated others: Collation of remaining activities with less than three (n = 3) occurrences. ARA Australian Regular Army, ARES Army Reserve, MPI Minor Personal Injury, SPI Serious Personal Injury, IRR Injury Rate Ratio
  2. Expressed as raw number (% of all injuries for that service type)