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New screening process could help prevent injury in military personnel

A potential new screening process could help prevent injuries in military personnel.

David Peterson, assistant professor of kinesiology at Cedarville University, has collaborated with professors at the University of Vermont to test a screening process that helps eliminate and reduce weight-bearing injuries among the U.S. military.

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Peterson worked as the deputy director of the physical education department at the U.S. Naval Academy before coming to Cedarville. There, he recruited subjects and collected data for testing the movement competency screening (MCS). Peterson’s colleagues at the University of Vermont then developed the screening to identify poor body movement patterns.

“Musculoskeletal injuries in military populations are a leading cause for reduced physical readiness. If we can identify who is at risk for injury, we could ideally remediate and prevent the injury,” said Sharon Henry, professor of physical therapy emerita at the University of Vermont.

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About half a billion dollars is spent annually on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injuries among service members, Henry said. “The financial burden of musculoskeletal injuries is immense,” she said.

Research concluded the screening could successfully predict the risk of injury in female service members by testing their ability to perform certain movement patterns. The findings from the joint study were published in November in The Sport Journal, an electronic peer-reviewed scientific journal.

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