Table 4

Type of musculoskeletal injuries among 130 US Air Force Special Operations Command Special Tactics Operators (during a 1-year period)

Injury typeAll injuries (%)Preventable injuries (%)
Chondromalacia/ patellofemoral pain1 (0.9)1 (2.2)
Disc injury2 (1.8)0 (0.0)
Fracture3 (2.7)0 (0.0)
Impingement6 (5.5)1 (2.2)
Labral tear2 (1.8)1 (2.2)
Lateral epicondylitis1 (0.9)1 (2.2)
Meniscal1 (0.9)1 (2.2)
Nerve1 (0.9)0 (0.0)
Pain/spasm/ache49 (44.5)18 (39.1)
Plantar fasciitis2 (1.8)2 (4.3)
Shin splints1 (0.9)0 (0.0)
Sprain13 (11.8)3 (6.5)
Strain13 (11.8)8 (17.4)
Tendonitis/tenosynovitis/ tendinopathy13 (11.8)10 (21.7)
Other1 (0.9)0 (0.0)
Unknown1 (0.9)0 (0.0)
Total 110 46