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An epidemiological study of injuries during Police MutalAid Standard training in the Greater Manchester Police

An epidemiological study of injuries during Police MutalAid Standard training in the Greater Manchester Police

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has6,794 officers most of which receive Police Mutual Aid Standard(PMAS) training. - To collect data on PMAS training injuries,describe the occurrence of injuries and identify possible riskfactors. Method - Chi square analysis was used to test 4hypotheses. Exposure time was taken into account. Hypotheses 1: Theinjury rate during PMAS training in GMP is different to otherforces. Hypotheses 2: Some components of training have a higherincidence of injury than others. Hypotheses 3: Some mechanismscause more injuries than others. Hypotheses 4: Some parts of thebody are more frequently injured than others. - During theperiod 1 April 1999 and 31 December 2001, 10,609 officers weretrained and 300 injuries were recorded. There were 0.0118 injuriesper day. The difference between injury rates in GMP and otherforces was not significant (p = 0.108). There was a highlysignificant difference in the incidence of injury during differentcomponents of training (p < 0.0005). The 'Violent DerangedPerson' scenario was the component causing most injuries . The'Warm Up' had a high incidence of injury considering its nature andpurpose. The difference in incidence of injury caused by differentmechanisms was highly significant (p < 0.0005). Being struck bymissiles was the mechanism causing most injuries. There was ahighly significant difference in the number of injuries todifferent parts of the body (p < 0.0005). The leg and anklereceived most injuries. - The evidence from this studycan be used to guide future injury prevention strategies for PMAStraining.

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