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The Dangers of Sport on an Operational Deployment
  1. Lt Col J C Clasper, DPhil FRCSEd(Orth) RAMC, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon1
  1. 1MDHU Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Surrey, GU16 5UJ.


This study, a retrospective review of the orthopaedic outpatient work from a multinational hospital in Bosnia, further confirms the dangers of sport on an operational tour. Sports injuries were shown to be a major cause of morbidity, affecting both the operational effectiveness of the force and also resulting in a number of career-threatening injuries. In particular, football was shown to be the most common cause of injury and the wisdom of allowing this sport during operational tours must be questioned.

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