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Master of Science, Kinesiology - Athletic Training Concentration
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There is a high prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. military which poses a major threat to military readiness. However, recent research indicates that Soldiers do not seek medical care for nearly half of their injuries. PURPOSE: Identify barriers in injury reporting using the Theory of Planned Behavior within a U.S. Army special operations aviation population. METHODS: This descriptive study utilized a self-report survey to explore injury rates, reporting rates, and perceptions of reporting behaviors. RESULTS: Of the 108 Soldiers who completed this study 77.8% experienced a MSKI in the previous 12 months and 69% sought medical care (reported their injury) to a medical provider. CONCLUSION: The construct with the least favorable mean score was subjective norm indicating Soldiers do not feel that their leadership or fellow Soldiers support them in reporting injuries. Having embedded providers and implementing behavior change interventions may encourage Soldiers to report their injuries and increase military readiness. Future research should address Soldier and leadership behavior change interventions aimed to encourage Soldiers to seek care for their injuries.
Stanwood, Morgan, "Injury Reporting Barriers Amongst Aviation Soldiers" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2227.
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