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Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Aug;21(8):1505-8. doi: 10.1002/oby.20436. Epub 2013 Jun 13.

Obesity and incident injury among career firefighters in the central United States.

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  • 1Center for Fire Rescue and EMS Health Research, Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research, National Development and Research Institutes, Kansas, USA. jahnke@ndri.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Firefighting is a dangerous profession with high injury rates, particularly musculoskeletal (MS), but limited longitudinal data is available to examine predictors of MS injuries in this population.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The relationship between personal individual, nonoccupational factors (e.g., demographic characteristics, body composition, fitness, and health behaviors) and incident injury and incident MS injury in a prospective cohort of 347 firefighters from the central United States was examined.

RESULTS:

Baseline weight status was a significant predictor of incident MS injury, with obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg m(-2)) firefighters 5.2 times more likely (95% CI = 1.1-23.4) to experience a MS injury than their normal weight (BMI = 18.5-24.9 kg m(-2)) colleagues over the course of the study. Similarly, firefighters who were obese based on WC (>102.0 cm) were almost three times as likely (OR = 2.8, 95% CI = 1.2-6.4) to have a MS injury at follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings highlight the importance of focusing on firefighters' body composition, nutrition and fitness as a means of decreasing risk for injury.

Copyright © 2013 The Obesity Society.

PMID:
23512940
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