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Document ID (ISN)109377
CIS number 09-335
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Scheuring R.A., Mathers C.H., Jones J.A., Wear M.L.
Title Musculoskeletal injuries and minor trauma in space: Incidence and injury mechanisms in U.S. astronauts
Bibliographic information Feb. 2009, Vol.80, No.2, p.117-124. Illus. 14 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to catalog and analyze all in-flight musculoskeletal injuries having occurred throughout the United States space programme to date. A database of in-flight musculoskeletal injuries among astronauts was generated from records at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. A total of 219 in-flight musculoskeletal injuries were identified, 198 occurring in men and 21 in women. Incidence over the course of the space program was 0.021 per flight day for men and 0.015 for women. Crew activity in the spacecraft cabin such as translating between modules, aerobic and resistive exercise, and injuries caused by the extravehicular activity suit components were the leading causes of musculoskeletal injuries. The most common location of injury was the hand. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) USA; space travel; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) hand; injuries; location of injury; frequency rates; sex-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Space travel