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Table 6 Mechanisms 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  
Muscular stress with no objects being handled 509 (41.2%) 6 (0.5%) 54 (36.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.22 [0.75–1.98]
Falls 192 (15.5%) 5 (0.4%) 29 (19.3%) 1 (0.7%) 0.84 [0.41–1.74]
Muscular stress while lifting, carrying, or putting objects away 182 (14.7%) 8 (0.6%) 20 (13.3%) 0 (0.0%) 1.22 [0.54–2.75]
Other and multiple mechanisms of incident 67 (5.4%) 12 (1.0%) 13 (8.7%) 1 (0.7%) 0.72 [0.23–2.23]
Contact with moving or stationary objects 69 (5.6%) 1 (0.1%) 9 (6.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.00 [0.27–3.62]
Unspecified 31 (2.5%) 2 (0.2%) 6 (4.0%) 1 (0.7%) 0.60 [0.11–3.26]
Rubbing and Chafing 28 (2.3%) 0 (0.0%) 6 (4.0%) 0 (0.0%) 0.60 [0.10–3.72]
Being hit by moving object 24 (1.9%) 1 (0.1%) 1 (0.7%) 0 (0.0%) 0.53 [0.14–74.43]
Collated Others* 90 (7.3%) 8 (0.6%) 9 (6.0%) 0 (0.0%) 1.40 [0.42–4.59]
Total 1192 (96.5%) 43 (3.5%) 147 (98.0%) 3 (2.0%)  
  1. *Collated Others: Collation of other mechanisms 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