CANADIAN FORCES FLIGHT TRIAL OF INDIVIDUALLY MOLDED FIBREGLASS LUMBAR SUPPORTS

Authors
  1. Popplow, J.R.
  2. Bossi, L.L.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Individually molded fibreglass lumbar supports may be useful in alleviating backache in aircrew members. The paper concludes a flying trial of 13 FW and 25 RW aircrew which was first given as a preliminary report to the 1985 ASMA annual meeting. Each aircrew member had been referred with a complaint of recurrent backache in their particular flying environment. The two-year study showed that the lumbar support was beneficial for fatigue relief in 69% of FW subjects and 32% of RW subjects. Seventy-seven per cent of FW subjects and 36% of RW subjects reported considerably less backache due to wearing the lumbar support. Complete alleviation of backpain was reported by three participants. It increased sitting comfort in 85% of FW subjects and 40% of RW subjects.
Keywords
Aircraft seats
Report Number
DCIEM-88-R-12 — Research Report (Final)
Date of publication
15 Mar 1988
Number of Pages
35
DSTKIM No
88-03117
CANDIS No
56339
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS;Electronic Document(PDF)

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