Report: Training Injuries Triple at GA Army Base

Posted September 2, 2014 at 5:00am

The Augusta (GA) Chronicle reports that “the death of a Mississippi national guardsman at Fort Gordon this month highlights a growing trend of training injuries on military posts that one Army doctor said could be solved by soldiers modifying fitness routines and not pushing themselves to get into peak physical condition.”  

“In the past four years, training injuries have more than tripled at Fort Gordon, climbing from 21 in 2011 and 2012 to 77 in 2013 and 2014, according to statistics kept by the Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center in Alabama.”  

“Though data show that most of the injuries are minor accidents that occur during physical training exercises, reports reveal the incidents can lead to potentially career-compromising burns, fractures, breaks, muscle tears, head trauma, dislocated joints and even death.”