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Table 4 Body locations of injuries reported by ARA and ARES recruits to have occurred during basic training in the Australian Army, in the period 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014. Expressed as raw number (% of all injuries for that service type)

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

  ARA ARES IRR (ARA/ARES) [95% CI]
Location MPI SPI MPI SPI  
Knee 159 (12.9%) 7 (0.6%) 22 (14.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.97 [0.42–2.20]
Ankle 137 (11.1%) 0 (0.0%) 12 (8.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.46 [0.53–4.05]
Lower Leg 123 (10.0%) 0 (0.0%) 17 (11.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.93 [0.36–2.40]
Foot 121 (9.8%) 4 (0.3%) 7 (4.7%) 0 (0.0%) 2.29 [0.66–7.88]
Shoulder 84 (6.8%) 3 (0.2%) 11 (7.3%) 1 (0.7%) 0.93 [0.3–2.89]
Lower Back 64 (5.2%) 0 (0.0%) 10 (6.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.82 [0.23–2.97]
Upper Leg 37 (3.0%) 0 (0.0%) 12 (8.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0.40 [0.09–1.74]
Hip 36 (2.9%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (1.3%) 0 (0.0%) 2.31 [0.23–23.53]
Abdominal Muscles 34 (2.8%) 2 (0.2%) 2 (1.3%) 1 (0.7%) 1.54 [0.20–11.75]
Lower Limb – Multiple 32 (2.6%) 1 (0.1%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Back – unspecified 27 (2.2%) 0 (0.0%) 5 (3.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.69 [1.10–4.70]
Lower Limb – unspecified 27 (2.2%) 2 (0.2%) 6 (4.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0.62 [0.10–3.78]
Wrist 26 (2.1%) 0 (0.0%) 3 (2.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.11 [0.13–9.85]
Fingers 25 (2.0%) 1 (0.1%) 4 (2.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.83 [0.11–6.37]
Circulatory System 21 (1.7%) 2 (0.2%) 3 (2.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0.98 [0.10–9.32]
Collated Others* 239 (19.4%) 21 1.7%) 31 (20.7%) 1 (0.7%) 1.04 [0.54–2.02]
Total 1192 (96.5%) 43 (3.5%) 147 (98.0%) 3 (2.0%)  
  1. *Collated Others: Collation of remaining locations with less than 20 (n = 20) occurrences. ARA Australian Regular Army, ARES Army Reserve, MPI Minor Personal Injury, SPI Serious Personal Injury, IRR Injury Rate Ratio