Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) account for the greatest number of reported work-related diseases. Aircraft maintenance, in the US Air Force, is the duty area with the most lost workdays. While several risk factors have been identified, characteristics of those in high-risk jobs that do not develop such disorders are not known. This study aims to identify sensorimotor characteristics of workers who have not developed WMSDs, and compare these physical characteristics of healthy aircraft maintainers to healthy non-maintainers. Fifty-one military personnel (23 maintainers and 28 non-maintainers) participated. Clinical measures of the hand and wrist included standardized assessments of strength, range of motion, dexterity, and sensation. Testing order was fixed. Maintainers slightly exceeded normative values for right wrist ulnar deviation. Means of all other characteristics were within accepted clinical values. Military aircraft maintainers scored significantly higher than non-maintainers for static 2-point sensation and right 3-jaw pinch strength.Finally, the maintenance unit tested for this study was an air-refueling unit and worked on only one type of aircraft. Though general maintenance tasks remain the same, the available workspace, components, and frequency of tasks may varyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Physical Performance Characteristics of Military Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Resistant to Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Hand and Wrist|
|Author||:||Deanna S. Pekarek|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2006|