Reduce injuries during sports and physical activity

Research indicates that close to 50% of the injuries that occur in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) happen during sports and physical training. Running causes more injuries than any other physical activity and musculoskeletal injuries are the most common reason for CAF members not being able to deploy.

In 2008, the CAF conducted a review focused on injury prevention research and over 10,000 scientific studies were reviewed.  This review found many strategies that CAF members could use to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries during sports and physical training. Most of these strategies are easy to implement and cost little or no money to put into effect.

The Injury Reduction Strategies in Sports and Physical Activity workshop and presentations offer strategies that can be used to protect the following body parts:

  • hips
  • knees
  • ankles
  • feet
  • neck
  • back
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • head

This program also offers a local feedback electronic database that summarizes specific information that was collected at the end of each workshop. This database can be used by local leaders in building their own unique and innovative injury prevention culture in sports and physical activity.

For more information about this program, workshop or presentation, contact your local Health Promotion Office or the Headquarters Injury Prevention Specialists.

Booklet: Strategies for Action - Science Working for You

This booklet was developed as a reminder for many of the injury reduction strategies that are recommended in the Injury Reduction Strategies for Sport and Physical Activity presentation.

It provides 21 scientifically based strategies organized under three topics:

  1. Sports and physical activity - 14 strategies
  2. Equipment - 6 strategies
  3. Nutrition strategy and advice

This booklet also comes with 35 scientific references that you can use to research the strategies that were recommended. Training regularly is important, but training smart is essential.

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