Female Army Recruits At Greater Risk Of Bone Trauma Than Males

January 01, 1999

(Incidence of trauma related stress fractures and shin splints in male and female army recruits: retrospective case study)

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Female army recruits in Britain may be more likely to endure stress fractures during basic training than their male counterparts, say M Macleod and colleagues at the Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport, in this week's BMJ.

The authors noted that since the Ministry of Defence introduced an equal opportunities policy in 1993, female recruits have been put through the same physically-demanding training schedule as men. They have observed a fourfold increase in patient referrals between 1994 and 1996; their results suggest that this reflects an increase in female patients presenting with bone injuries, such as stress fractures, shin splints and covert fractures.

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Dr M McLeod, Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Royal Hospital Haslar, Gosport, Hampshire

t: +44 1705 584255 ext 2416
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murdo@haslar.demon.co.uk
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