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Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR): avoiding the pitfalls of ‘the Walker Dip
  1. Russell J Coppack,
  2. P Ladlow,
  3. R P Cassidy,
  4. N Egginton,
  5. R Barker-Davies,
  6. A Houston,
  7. K M Lunt,
  8. O O'Sullivan and
  9. A N Bennett
  1. Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Loughborough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Russell J Coppack, Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Loughborough LE12 5QW, UK; russ.coppack100{at}


A key research theme identified during the 2021 Strategic Delivery Plan (SDP) for Defence Medical Services (DMS) Research was preventing and treating musculoskeletal injury (MSKI). MSKI is a significant burden to military populations globally, reducing both operational strength and force readiness. It is therefore essential that research is conducted to gain a greater understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology and risk factors associated with MSKI to develop targeted prevention strategies and rehabilitation interventions. The Academic Department of Military Rehabilitation (ADMR) and the recently established MSKI research-theme working group must use a combination of balance and flexibility when coordinating research priorities to ensure they align and reflect both higher level DMS and UK Defence Rehabilitation practitioner-driven priorities. This article describes the response ADMR have taken to meet and align with the requirements of the 2021 SDP.

  • Musculoskeletal disorders

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  • Contributors RJC, PL and ANB conceived the study idea and were involved in article planning. RJC, PL, RPC, NE, RB-D, AH, KL, OOS and ANB contributed to the first draft. RJC and PL reviewed first draft and created the final manuscript. RJC, PL, RPC, NE, RB-D, AH, KL, OOS and ANB approved final manuscript. RJC, PL and ANB are responsible for the overall content and act as guarantors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.