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Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Brazilian Merchant Navy Cadets: Differences Between Sexes and School Years.

Authors
  • Lopes, Thiago J A1
  • Simic, Milena1
  • Bunn, Priscila Dos S2
  • Terra, Bruno de S2
  • Alves, Daniel de S2
  • Ribeiro, Fabrício M2
  • Rodrigues, Allan I2
  • Lima, Maicom da S2
  • Vilão, Patrick2
  • Pappas, Evangelos1
  • 1 University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences, Discipline of Physiotherapy, Cumberland Campus, S Block, 75 East Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141, Sydney, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 Research Laboratory of Exercise Science, Brazilian Navy, Avenida Brasil, 10590-Penha, Rio de Janeiro, 21012-351, Brasil. , (Brazil)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Military medicine
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2017
Volume
182
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-17-00124
PMID: 29087866
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in the Brazilian Merchant Navy Academy doubles between initial enrollment and the beginning of the second school year. Females have consistently higher rates of symptoms than males, particularly reporting higher prevalence of knee and lower back pain which are the two most prevalent regions in this population. Prevention efforts should concentrate on the basic training period in an attempt to decrease the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms in this population. Finally, prospective studies are required to verify the cause and effect relationship between training and musculoskeletal symptoms.

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