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    Nearly 1 in 3 Female Recruits Were Injured in Army Basic Training Last Year

    Nearly 1 in 3 Female Recruits Were Injured in Army Basic Training Last Year

    Women are at least twice as likely as men to be injured in basic training, according to data collected over six years by the service.

    Most of those injuries were musculoskeletal — meaning they affect the bones, muscles, joints and tendons of female recruits. .com obtained the injury data as the Army is looking for ways to boost recovery for men and women moving through boot camp.

    During 2022, nearly 30% of female recruits were injured on average each month during Army basic training. The average was 23% per month between 2017 and 2022, the data shows. During those years, about 12% of male recruits were injured each month.

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    The gap between male and female injuries in Army basic training isn't unique to the military.

    Female athletes are also typically more prone to injury compared to their male counterparts, with women being more likely to receive bone and knee ligament injuries and stress fractures, according to a 2018 study published in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation medical journal. Part of that is due to women having smaller bones and less muscle mass.

    Prior data also identified injury disparities among recruits based on where they come from within the U.S. Recruits from the South were among the most likely to be injured in basic training.

    Researchers found that 34% of the Army's 99,335 trainees in 2017…

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