A “tactical athlete” trains their body to achieve peak physical performance in their respected occupation. One area of focus for tactical athletes is the prevention of injury. For those who currently serve in the military, neuromuscular training exercises like the ones found in Remain in the Game: A Joint Effort can improve strength, balance, and measures of athletic performance, as well as reduce the risk of traumatic knee injury. Traumatic injuries, like an ACL tear, can sideline a soldier for months or even end a career. A consistent training program can reduce the chance of a knee injury by up to 50% and in the process, may help prevent osteoarthritis, the 2nd leading cause of medical discharge.
Just 10 minutes of Remain in the Game: A Joint Effort could mean avoiding 10 months of recovery. If you are a tactical athlete, make the time to include Remain in the Game: A Joint Effort as part of your training program.
Action Brief: A Call to Action for Military Veterans
Created in partnership with the Arthritis Foundation
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Webinar: Impact of Osteoarthritis in Military Personnel and Veterans
October 20, 2021 at 12PM ET
Dr. Kenneth L. Cameron will discuss the impact of osteoarthritis in military personnel and veterans. This webinar is being presented in partnership with the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management and the Arthritis Foundation.
Kenneth L. Cameron
PhD, MPH, ATC, FNATA
Director, Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research at Keller Army Hospital
John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship
Kenneth L. Cameron currently serves as the Director of Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research at Keller Army Hospital, West Point, New York, where he holds faculty appointments with the John A. Feagin Jr. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship, the US Army-Baylor University Sports Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Cameron earned the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of exemplary service to the United States Military Academy in 2004, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award in 2014 and the Department of the Army Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service in 2021. Dr. Cameron’s primary research interests are in the areas of injury prevention, musculoskeletal injury and disease epidemiology, and outcomes associated with the treatment of these injuries, specifically in physically active and military populations. He also has specific research interests in knee and ankle injuries, shoulder instability, and biomarkers associated with post-traumatic osteoarthritis.
Watch this video of a veteran’s personal experience with arthritis
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- Prevent injury and stay battle ready with the Remain in the Game program. Download your free guidebook today. https://oaaction.unc.edu/remain-in-the-game-a-joint-effort/ #military #veteran #osteoarthritis #StandUp2OA
- A big salute to Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Magazine for its feature on the impact of arthritis in veterans/military and Arthritis Foundation resources. #arthritis #military #vfw #salute http://digitaledition.qwinc.com/publication/?m=3914&i=751835&p=48&ver=html5
- Service members! Balance pain management both safely and effectively without the exposure to opioids. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3bJE8lu
- Research suggests that the stress placed on joints during #military training activities + the increased weight of military packs may result in lasting pain. Fortunately, the CDC has your six. https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/communications/features/arthritis-among-veterans.html
- “The military gave her a lot: a career, an education and a sense of duty. But it also gave her arthritis…” Check out this story in the USA Today about one veteran who is working to help others who struggle with #arthritis! http://bit.ly/2HJTHh7
- If your research is focused on #military personnel, watch this recording to learn about #biomarkers associated with progression to #osteoarthritis following knee injury. https://youtu.be/BeIlXJbxNfY
- Arthritis is the second leading cause of discharge from the military, affecting one in three veterans: https://www.arthritis.org/getmedia/e1256607-fa87-4593-aa8a-8db4f291072a/2019-abtn-final-march-2019.pdf
- If you are current #military personnel and consider yourself a tactical athlete, check out this Arthritis Foundation OACS Forum Series recording on the Impact of #Osteoarthritis in Military Personnel and Veterans. https://youtu.be/_cGzGn-o_OU
- About 1 in 5 young #military officers who sustain a knee injury will develop #osteoarthritis by age 30. Researchers find military & young, physically active populations are at increased risk of knee injuries – a major OA risk factor. https://bit.ly/2RkjFKu
- According to the CDC, among men aged 18–44 years, the arthritis prevalence among veterans was double that among nonveterans, and among women aged 18–44 years, the arthritis prevalence among veterans was 60% higher than among nonveterans. https://bit.ly/3syg97e
- Honor an Active Duty member of the armed forces by watching this Alliance for Balanced Pain Management #SummitBPM21 session on Service Members’ Silent Struggle: #Osteoarthritis in the Military. https://alliancebpm.org/events/
- #Osteoarthritis Incidence Significantly Higher Among U.S. Military Personnel Compared to General Population https://www.healio.com/news/orthopedics/20120331/osteoarthritis-incidence-reported-to-be-high-among-us-military-personnel
- Active #military & #veterans are disproportionately affected by #arthritis. Read this USA Today story to learn what medical experts are saying, & hear the inspirational story of a veteran who is trying to make a difference: http://bit.ly/2HJTHh7 #osteoarthritis