Degenerative Changes of the Spine of Pilots of the RNLAF
NATIONAL AEROMEDICAL INST SOESTERBERG (NETHERLANDS)
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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.
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