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Table 5 Natures 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]
  MPI SPI MPI SPI  
Soft tissue injuries 744 (60.2%) 8 (0.5%) 103 (68.7%) 1 (0.7%) 0.93 [0.65–1.33]
Other fractures 101 (8.2%) 4 (0.3%) 2 (1.3%) 0 (0.0%) 6.73 [0.84–53.75]
Laceration or open wound 46 (3.7%) 2 (0.2%) 8 (5.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.77 [0.18–3.33]
Trauma to joints and ligaments 34 (2.8%) 2 (0.2%) 3 (2.05) 0 (0.0%) 1.54 [0.20–11.75]
Contusion, bruising and superficial crushing 32 (2.6%) 0 (0.0%) 6 (4.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0.68 [0.12–3.95]
Dislocation 28 (2.3%) 4 (0.3%) 2 (1.3%) 1 (0.7%) 1.37 [0.17–10.98]
Friction Burn 24 (1.9%) 0 (0.0%) 5 (3.3%) 0 (0.0%) 0.62 [0.08–4.48]
Other soft tissue diseases 23 (1.9%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0 (0.0%)
Collated Others* 160 (13.0%) 23 (1.9%) 18 (12.0%) 1 (0.7%) 1.23 [0.54–2.85]
Total 1192 (96.5%) 43 (3.5%) 147 (98.0%) 3 (2.0%)  
  1. *Collated Others: Collation of other natures of injury 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