Injuries in Female Tactical Personnel Webinar

Injuries in Female Tactical Personnel Webinar

Injuries in Female Tactical Personnel Webinar

Injuries are a major burden for any military organization as they; reduce personnel availability for active duty, detract from operational capability, and come at a great individual and organizational cost. Increasingly, militaries from around the world have removed restrictions on female personnel serving in direct combat roles, highlighting the importance of female military personnel in the overall functioning of an effective defence force. Across most research, female military personnel are proposed to have a higher general injury rate than male personnel. There are known differences between female and male personnel with respect to typical or average anthropometrics, biomechanics, and anatomy which may affect injury risk and profiles of injury. Female military personnel are often considered to be at a physical disadvantage, due to typically lower mass, higher body fat, and consequential lower muscle strength and endurance when compared to male personnel. When performing common military tasks such as carrying load, lifting, and carrying weight, females typically work at a higher workload than their male peers, relative to their maximal capacity. Consequently, broad injury reduction programs that do not consider these factors in their design may be limited in their effectiveness for female personnel. Determining similarities and differences between female and male personnel about rates of occurrence and distributions and risk factors of injury is a vital step in any informed injury reduction program. 

This webinar will explore the role of females in the tactical domain and provide some insight into this unique environment. It will report on the findings of a recent project whose intent was to; investigate injury risk factors for female military personnel, examine the differences in injury rates between female and male personnel, report on current injury trends in the Australian Army, and highlight injury reduction strategies specifically for female personnel. Knowledge in this area is expected to assist health professionals in conditioning or rehabilitating female tactical personnel prior to embarking on a career in this area or for return-to-work programs after injury. 
Presented by Dr Ben Schram, BExSci, DPhty, PhD, TSAC-F
Dr Ben Schram has experience in officer training with the Army Reserve to complement his exercise science and doctoral degrees, enabling unique insight into the demands of tactical personnel. He has worked as an exercise physiologist, clinical physiotherapist, and assistant professor at Bond University, where he completed his PhD. He is extensively involved in most aspects of the Bond University Doctor of Physiotherapy program including Musculoskeletal and Maximising Human Potential physiotherapy subjects, along with research supervision. As part of the Tactical Research Unit at Bond University, Dr Schram is involved in conducting research in the tactical field as well as the management of research assistants assigned to tactical research tasks. His research is in the area of injury identification and management, validating fitness standards, deconstructing the physical and physiological demands of tactical occupations, and creating strategies to maximise performance of occupational tasks. He has been successful in obtaining almost $2 million dollars in research funding in a variety of tactical projects and has worked clinically as a physiotherapist for eight years.
He has presented his research both nationally and internationally and continues to be extensively involved with investigation of the unique occupational demands of tactical personnel.


Thursday, 16 February 2023
12:00pm - 1:30pm AEDT
Please note, the times listed are in Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. 
Your local time will be: 
 ACT:         12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NSW:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 NT:   10:30am - 12:00pm
 QLD:   11:00am - 12:30pm
 SA:   11:30am - 1:00pm
 TAS:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 VIC:   12:00pm - 1:30pm
 WA:   9:00am - 10:30am 
Please note: This is a live webinar and needs to be watched at the specified time above. If you are unable to watch the webinar live, it will be produced as a podcast and can be purchased within the following month.

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 Non-Member    $50.00
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 Student Non-Member    $25.00
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