POSTURAL FATIGUE AND THE BACKACHE OF HELICOPTER PILOTS (paper presented at the Aerospace Medical Panel Specialists' Meeting held in Pozzuoli, Italy, 8-10 October 1985)

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Authors
  1. Bowden, T.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Postural fatigue, rather than specific injury to the spine, may be the cause of much of the reported pain. Postural fatigue is defined as fatigue in specific muscles whose continuous activity is required to maintain a working posture. Descriptions of back pain of helicopter pilots are compared with those of the phenomenon of postural fatigue. Biomechanical aspects of the pilot's environment and of tasks within the cockpit are assessed as potential causes of postural fatigue. By objectively defining muscle activity and fatigue, electromyographic methods may allow the objective assessment of different ergonomic proposals to relieve the back pain in helicopter pilots.
Report Number
DCIEM-85-R-30 — Reprint; CONTAINED IN AGARD-CP-378 (DSIS 86-3461)
Date of publication
01 Jan 1985
Number of Pages
11
DSTKIM No
88-02987
CANDIS No
56210
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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