The Canadian Armed Forces takes broken bones very seriously indeed.
Personnel suffered more than 4,200 fractures in 2014-16, an examination of military and civilian medical records revealed. Annually over the period, fractures resulted in 34,000 to 81,000 workdays lost, $12.5 million to $30 million in wages lost, and an average cost of $5.6 million in medical care.
Fractures reduce troop strength and threaten individual careers through increased risk of second fractures, development of a disability and medical release, it was reported at the 2018 Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Forum in Regina.
“Research shows that 80 per cent to 95 per cent of all injuries are preventable,” says the CAF booklet Injury Reduction Strategies for Sports and Physical Activit...