Accession Number:

ADP010562

Title:

Degenerative Changes of the Spine of Pilots of the RNLAF

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL AEROMEDICAL INST SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)

Report Date:

2000-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

During air combat maneuvering under high Gz forces, the spine is frequently exposed to heavy loads. Therefore, acute in-flight neck injury is a common complaint among pilots flying high performance aircraft. However, not only sudden incapacitation is caused by high performance flying. The frequent and extreme loading of the spine over the years also constitutes a chronic strain, which can possibly lead to degenerative changes.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE