Back Pain in the U.S. Army Aviation Community
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER AL FORT RUCKER United States
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Back pain has remained an issue of malcontent among rotary-wing aircraft crewmembers for decades, occurring in the majority of military helicopter pilots with potential deleterious effects on performance, safety, and operational readiness. Participants 467 completed an anonymous survey including questions regarding demographics, airframes, experience, pain history and severity, ergonomics, mitigation strategies, and duty limitations. Overall, 84.6 of participants reported back pain at some time during their flying career with 77.8 reporting back pain in the last calendar year. A stepwise linear regression model was used to explore the relationships between age, flight hours, and years of aviation experience demonstrating age to be the significant variable accounting for the observed variance. Back pain rates were consistent with previous studies.
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