Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) FM 21-20 / TC 3-22.20 Training Info

13 Injuries

Chapter 13 – Injuries

Injuries are not an uncommon occurrence during intense physical training. It is, nonetheless, a primary responsibility of all leaders to minimize the risk of injury to soldiers. Safety is always a major concern.

Most injuries can be prevented by designing a well-balanced PT program that does not overstress any body parts, allows enough time for recovery, and includes a warm-up and cool-down. Using strengthening exercises and soft, level surfaces for stretching and running also helps prevent injuries. If, however, injuries do occur, they should be recognized and properly treated in a timely fashion. If a soldier suspects that he is injured, he should stop what he is doing, report the injury, and seek medical help.

Many common injuries are caused by overuse, that is, soldiers often exercise too much and too often and with too rapid an increase in the workload.

Most overuse injuries can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Following any required first aid, health-care personnel should evaluate the injured soldier.


1 Comment for this entry

  • spc. santiago gilberto

    I was flag for not passing my,
    Apft but the reason was for a bad knee problem,got two temp.
    Profile and could of pass the apft with a perm profile but could not get it on time cause
    I was ets. January 3 2014,my
    Problem started january 2013,one year with this problem and i got an honorable discharged 16years of service wanting to finish 20 years
    Question is there an articule
    That can help me stay in the
    Army knowing that i have this
    Problem?

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