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Table 4 Demographics, physical activity level, health- and work-related data of Air force personnel (n = 166)

From: Musculoskeletal disorders and their associations with health- and work-related factors: a cross-sectional comparison between Swedish air force personnel and army soldiers

  Mean (95%CI) Fighter pilots Helicopter pilots Rear crew p-value
n = 35 n = 85 n = 46
Age, years   35a (33–38) 42a,b (40-43) 38b (36–40) <.01
Height, m   1.82 (1.80–1.84) 1.80 (1.79–1.82) 1.80 (1.78–1.81) .18
Weight, kg   81 (79–84) 83 (81–84) 82 (81–83) .27
BMI, kg/m2   25 (24–25) 25 (24–26) 25 (25–26) .22
  % (95%CI)        
Physical activity level         .56
 Low/inactive   5.7 (1.6–18.6) 3.6 (1.2–10.1) 2.3 (0.4–15)  
 Active   31.4 (18.6–48.0) 34.9 (25.6–45.7) 22.7 (12.8–36.0)  
 Highly active   62.9 (46.3–76.8) 61.4 (50.7–71.2) 75.0 (60.6–85.4)  
Physical health "        .16
 Poor   5.7 (1.6–18.6) 0 (0–4.3) 0 (0–7.7)  
 Good   54.3 (38.2–69.5) 54.1 (43.6–64.3) 63.0 (48.6–75.5)  
 Excellent   40.0 (25.6–56.4) 45.9 (35.7–56.4) 37.0 (24.5–51.4)  
Mental health "        .23
 Poor   0 (0–9.9) 0 (0–4.4) 0 (0–7.7)  
 Good   40.0 (25.5–56.4) 26.2 (18.0–36.5) 23.9 (13.9–37.9)  
 Excellent   60.0 (43.6–74.5) 73.8 (63.5–82.0) 76.1 (62.1–86.1)  
Physical environment "        .48
 Poor   0 (0–9.9) 1.2 (0.2–6.4) 2.2 (0.4–11.3)  
 Good   40.0 (25.5–56.4) 53.6 (43.0–63.8) 54.3 (40.2–67.9)  
 Excellent   60.0 (43.6–74.5) 45.2 (35.0–55.9) 43.5 (30.2–57.8)  
Social environment "        .14
 Poor   0 (0–9.9) 0 (0–4.4) 0 (0–7.7)  
 Good   54.3 (38.2–69.5) 40.5 (30.6–51.2) 32.6 (20.9–47.0)  
 Excellent   45.7 (30.5–61.8) 59.5 (48.8–69.4) 67.4 (53.0–79.1)  
Work ability "        .72
 Poor   0 (0–9.9) 0 (0–4.4) 2 (0.4–11.3)  
 Good   22.9 (12.1–39.0) 27.4 (19.0–37.8) 23.9 (13.9–37.9)  
 Excellent   77.1 (61.0–87.9) 72.6 (62.3–81.0) 73.9 (59.7–84.4)  
Uses smokeless tobacco " 22.9 (12.1–39.0) 21.4 (14.0–31.4) 20.0 (10.9–33.8) .97
Smoker-yes " 0 (0–9.9) 0 (0–4.4) 2.2 (0.4–11.3) .49
Motivated-yes " 100 (90.1–100) 100 (95.5–100) 100 (92.0–100)  
Mentally prepared-yes " 100 (90.1–100) 100 (95.5–100) 100 (92.0–100)  
Physically prepared-yes " 97.0 (84.7–99.5) 96.4 (90.0–98.8) 93.3 (82.1–97.7) .60
Sick-listed -yes " 16.7c (7.3–33.6) 12.9 (6.9–23.5) 0c (0–9.4) .02
  Median (IQR)        
Total air time (hrs)   1300* (700–2000) 2500a,b (1963–3210) 900b,c (240–1587) <.01
Annual air time (hrs) " 120 (100–140) 130 (95–193) 100 (60–120) <.01
  1. a = significant difference between fighter pilots and helicopter pilots; b = significant difference between helicopter pilots and rear crew, and c = significant difference between fighter pilots and rear crew. Sick-listed: Fighter pilots (n = 30), helicopter pilots (n = 62), Rear crew (n = 37). Numbers in bold indicate significant difference between groups. BMI Body mass index, CI Confidence Interval