The Association of Self-Reported Measures With Poor Training Outcomes Among Male and Female US Navy Recruits

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This prospective study evaluated the association of self-reported health habits and behaviors in 2,930 Navy recruits with poor training outcomes, defined as graduating late or separating from training. Although 17% of the men and 21% of the women had a poor training outcome, results suggest that some self-reported measures were associated with poor training outcomes. Men who did not run or jog at least 1 month before basic training or had a previous lower limb injury without complete recovery and women reporting the same or less physical activity compared with their same-age counterparts were more likely to have a poor training outcome. An important first step in decreasing poor training outcomes is encouraging incoming recruits to participate in physical activity and taking steps to identify and rehabilitate recruits who are not completely healed from a lower limb musculoskeletal injury before reporting to basic training.


This article was originally published in Military Medicine, volume 178, issue 1, in 2013. DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-12-00271

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Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S