Iranian Journal of War and Public Health

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Volume 15, Issue 3 (2023)                   Iran J War Public Health 2023, 15(3): 279-284 | Back to browse issues page

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Shirvani H, Sobhani V, Kazemipour M, Mozafaripour E, Yaghoubitajani Z. Role of Chronic Pain and Physical Fitness in Predicting Susceptibility to Musculoskeletal Injuries in Navy Personnel. Iran J War Public Health 2023; 15 (3) :279-284
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1- Exercise Physiology Research Center Research, Institute for Life Style, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Sport Injury and Corrective Exercises, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Guilan University, Rasht, Iran
3- Department of Health and Sport Rehabilitation, Faculty of Sport Sciences and Health, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
* Corresponding Author Address: Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Guilan, Persian Gulf Highway 5km, Rasht, Iran. Postal Code: 4199613776 (
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Aims: Musculoskeletal injuries (MSKI) are known as one of the most important leading causes of loss of duty time among military personnel. A practical approach to reducing the risk of MSKI and related consequences seems beneficial to identify at-risk personnel. Therefore, the present study aimed to determine whether chronic pain and physical fitness can predict scores of FMS tests in Navy personnel.
Instrument & Methods: 125 active-duty Navy personnel aged 18-38 participated in this cross‐sectional study at Bandar Abbas City, Iran, in 2021 winter. Susceptibility to MSKI was assessed using Functional Movement Screening, and Physical Fitness was measured using 60-second push-up and sit-up, deep squat jump, and Cooper's 12-minute run tests. Chronic pain intensity was evaluated using the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire-Extended and Visual Analog Scale, respectively. A multiple linear regression model was applied to predict FMS scores.
Findings: The mean age, height, weight, and BMI of the subjects were 28.5±8.5 years, 178.9±10.2cm, 76.2±9.5kg, and 24.7±3.3kg/m2, respectively. The sit-up (p=0.002), Cooper's test distance (p=0.001), and chronic pain index (p=0.04) predicted 83% of the variance of the FMS score significantly. 
Conclusion: Sit-up number, Cooper test score, and chronic pain are the predictors of musculoskeletal injuries of Navy active personnel that predicate 83% of the variance of the functional movement screening test.

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