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Injury Prevention & Occupational Health

Injury prevention directly supports mission readiness. When service members are injured in the workplace, training, recreating or other circumstances, it impacts their ability to complete their mission.


Videos to Share:

Please share these videos on your social media channels and on video platforms within your MTFs. 

Occupational Safety Video

Suggested social media message:  Health care workers face unique risks in the workplace. Check out this video for more info, and #StaySafe #HealthCareWorkers! #PreventInjury

Preventing Injuries Video

Suggested social media message: Many service members have physically demanding jobs that put them at risk for injury. Check out this video for tips on how to train your body to lower your risk of workplace injuries. #PhysicalTherapy #StaySafe #PreventInjury


Injury Prevention

Messages for Communicators

Occupational Health for Health Care Workers

Medical workers face unique occupational health risks, and experience one of the highest rates of workplace injury. Ensuring the health and safety of our staff in hospitals and clinics is top priority for the DHA. 

Message for Communicators

Graphics and Suggested Social Media Messages

Injury Prevention Infographic

Suggested Social Media Message: “This December, @MilitaryHealth is highlighting the importance of taking measures to prevent injury, whether it’s in the workplace, while training or during recreation. #PreventInjury www.health.mil/injuryprevention"


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Health care workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Health care workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Health care workers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries, like blood-borne pathogens, respiratory hazards, injuries from moving patients, and many others. Learn more: https://health.mil/News/Articles/2021/10/15/Top-Medical-Workplace-Injuries-And-Some-Tips-to-Prevent-Them?type=All #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Protect your hearing anytime you are in loud environments. Always wear recommended safety equipment to protect your hearing, whether you’re at work or at play. https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Hearing-Protection-DevicesHearing Center of Excellence #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “DYK? Dynamic warm-ups and stretching are most effective at preparing your body to exercise. “Cold” or “static” stretching can actually increase injury risk. Check out this Air Force article on proper stretching: https://www.keesler.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/361999/stretching-is-key-to-effective-exercise-programArticle on stretching/ #PreventInjury”


Injury Prevention Physical Training

Suggested Social Media Message: “Physical training is a vital part of military life and helps each service member maintain readiness and reach peak performance. One way to avoid PT injuries is to mix up the types of intensity of exercises to avoid overtraining and overworking a muscle group. https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/injury-prevention/what-overtrainingHuman Performance Resources webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “The biggest risk factor for a musculoskeletal injury is a previous musculoskeletal injury. Get small injuries treated before they become major ones!
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-wellness/healthy-living/fitness-nutrition-active-living/preventing-injuries-in-military-training/Military OneSource webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Not every injury is preventable. If you get injured, it’s important to see a health professional and follow their advice to recover and return to fitness, as soon as possible! https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/rx3Human Performance Resources webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: Service members use sports and recreation to stay fit, blow off steam, and build friendships. Minimize injury during those activities to stay fit for duty by warming up smart, listening to your body, and hydrating. Learn more at: https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/discond/ptsaip/Pages/Sports-and-Physical-Training-Injuries.aspxArmy Public Health Center webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “DYK? Running is the #1 cause of musculoskeletal injuries in service members, contributing to more than half of lost duty days due to injury. #PreventInjury www.health.mil/injuryprevention"


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Recovering from a serious injury can take a physical and mental toll. Injuries can damage your body and your mind, and depression and anxiety are often associated with recovery from serious injury. Learn more about the mental aspects of recovery: https://www.hprc-online.org/physical-fitness/injury-prevention/mental-fitness-affects-injury-recoveryHuman Performance Resources webpage #PreventInjury” 


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Service members can be exposed to a range of environmental hazards during training, deployment, and other missions. Stay alert to hazards and wear proper protective equipment to help prevent injuries to your eyes and ears. https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Hearing-Protection-DevicesHearing Center of Excellence  https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-Response/Eye-ProtectionVision Center of Excellence webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “DYK? More than 40% of eye injuries each year are related to sports or recreational activities, and nearly 50% of hearing loss in people age 12-35 is caused by recreational noise like music. When you’re off-duty, be sure to wear the right protective gear for different types of activities to prevent vision and hearing injury. 
https://vce.health.mil/Eye-Injury-Prevention-and-ResponseVision Center of Excellence webpage https://hearing.health.mil/Prevention/Preventing-Noise-Induced-Hearing-LossHearing Center of Excellence webpage #PreventInjury”


Social media graphic supporting Injury Prevention Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “Service members are routinely exposed to sensory hazards during training and combat operations. Degraded hearing or vision can impact your mission fitness and safety. Protect your eyes and ears by wearing the right protective equipment for your mission, and get regular hearing and vision checkups to stay mission ready. https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Total-Force-Fitness/Preventive-Health/Vision-and-Hearing-Loss-Prevention #PreventInjury”


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Last Updated: November 21, 2022
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