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Table 1.

Reasons for reporting, underreporting, and overreporting injuries a

Reasons for Accurate ReportingReasons for UnderreportingReasons for Overreporting
Documentation in medical recordFear that an injury may affect future career opportunitiesSeeking documentation

Seeking referral to rehabilitation/subspecialty care providerDesire to avoid negative perceptions associated with injuriesSeeking prescription for pain relief

Seeking medication for pain reliefAvoiding a profileConcern about ability to perform job-specific duties

Concern about symptomsNegative experience with medical providersConcern about upcoming physical fitness test/training/deployment

Concern that upcoming training/APFT/deployment may exacerbate symptomsInconvenience associated with seeing a medical providerSeeking a profile

Injury affected job performanceSeeking medical discharge