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Army August 16, 2012
Cpl Nick Wiseman
THE School of Infantry's Injury Prevention
Program is reducing trainee injury rates by
identifying early those most at risk.
The research program, which started in
January, is headed by physiotherapists Carney
Garland and Rebecca Sellwood and aims to
reduce preventable injuries by identifying
them before trainees start their infantry initial
Program coordinator Mrs Garland said the
program had picked up issues that could have
gone on to cause serious injuries.
"With a course like this and the load-bear-
ing the trainees face it's important we identify
those who could have problems," she said.
"By identifying it and treating now there
will be less of an impact both financially and
personally to both the trainee and the ADF."
The program is conducted in the week
before initial employment training begins. It
consists of an initial questionnaire followed up
with education sessions, a practical component
and individual assessments.
Once a soldier has been identified with
a potential injury they will undergo further
assessment and, if required, move to the reha-
bilitation platoon to start a program tailored
and dedicated to their rehabilitation.
School of Infantry PTI Sgt Jason Brand
said once a soldier had been identified with an
injury and could not continue with his training
he came under the guidance of the rehabilita-
"Depending on their injury they'll go
through the medical phase where they com-
plete any surgery or other specialist appoint-
ments to correct the problem," he said.
"After that we work with the physiothera-
pists to rehabilitate the injury and improve
overall physical fitness and conditioning."
Each trainee will undertake a specific reha-
bilitation program with two dedicated physical
training sessions a day.
Pte Joshua Wilkinson was identified when
he came to the School of Infantry with a previ-
ous shoulder injury.
Once he went through the program he was
moved to the rehabilitation platoon where he
experienced positive results in a tailored pro-
He said the Injury Prevention Program was
a great idea and checking everyone's condition
before training was proving important.
"Since undertaking the program and
being moved to rehab my physical fitness has
improved," he said. "Two days after the initial
screening I was with the doctor and physi-
otherapist who decided it would be better to
go through a rehabilitation program rather than
risk further aggravation to my injury."
Once his rehabilitation is complete, Pte
Wilkinson will continue his training better
equipped to handle the physical demands of
life as an infantryman.
CO Lt-Col Marcus Constable said the
Injury Prevention Program had already proven
"Not only with identifying those soldiers
with existing injuries, but soldiers that are
deemed more susceptible to injury due to their
body posture and gait," he said.
"The injury prevention program will
prove invaluable with the introduction of the
Physical Employment Standard Assessment to
the training continuum."
Keeping troops fighting fit
An injury prevention program is helping the School of Infantry avoid preventable mishaps
Fitness first: Physiotherapist Carney Garland helps soldiers who are in the Injury Prevention
Program work on their posture to avoid getting hurt.
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