The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit

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Larsen, Brianna, Aisbett, Brad and Silk, Aaron. 2016. "The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 13 (4), pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13040370
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The injury profile of an Australian specialist policing unit

ERA Journal ID44293
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsLarsen, Brianna (Author), Aisbett, Brad (Author) and Silk, Aaron (Author)
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal Citation13 (4), pp. 1-9
Article Number370
Number of Pages9
Year2016
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN1660-4601
1661-7827
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph13040370
Abstract

This study investigated the injuries sustained by an Australian specialist police division. Injury records spanning four-years were analyzed. The role being performed when the injury occurred, injury cause, body part injured, and injury-related costs were quantified. The percentage of personnel injured multiple times was documented. One hundred and thirty eight personnel reported injuries, 58 of these on multiple occasions. This resulted in 229 injuries and 76 claims being raised. Half of the injuries occurred during operational policing tasks, however training activities accounted for >30% of injuries. The most common injury was strain/sprain, and upper body injuries were 2.5-times more common than lower-body or torso injuries. 1107 shifts were lost, and injuries cost the organization $487,159 (Australian Dollars) over the four-year period. The injury costs (both financial and in manpower) may prompt policy makers to review the current training and post-injury rehabilitation protocols.

Keywordspolice; special forces; injury analysis; workplace injury
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350505. Occupational and workplace health and safety
420299. Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
420799. Sports science and exercise not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsDeakin University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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