Defining Normal Balance for US Army Aviators

Research Paper Title Defining Normal Balance for Army Aviators. Background One challenge clinicians face is determining when a military Service Member (SM) can return to duty after an injury that affects the postural control. The gold standard to measure postural control is the Sensory Organisation Test (SOT). This test measures the amount of sway present… Read More

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Can we use Modafinil as a Stimulant for Military Aviators?

Research Paper Title Modafinil as a Stimulant for Military Aviators. Background Modafinil is a wakefulness-promoting stimulant that has been approved by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) as a fatigue countermeasure medication since 2011. Each RSAF aircrew member must undergo a ground test to exclude operationally relevant adverse drug effects prior to consuming the… Read More

Paraspinal Muscles & Association with Strength among Fighter Pilots

Research Paper Title Cross-sectional area of the paraspinal muscles and its association with muscle strength among fighter pilots: a 5-year follow-up. Background A small cross sectional area (CSA) of the paraspinal muscles may be related to low back pain among military aviators but previous studies have mainly concentrated on spinal disc degeneration. Therefore, the primary… Read More

US Navy Aviator Jackets: Zip Fasteners Take Off!

“Sundback’s improved zip proved hard to market, not least because of the previous, dud design. It was used on utilitarian accessories—money belts, tobacco pouches – but the rag trade proved resistant. The first world war, though, gave the zip its break. In 1918, the US Navy began to put them on its aviator jackets. Then,… Read More

Celebrating 100 Years of The RAF’s Contribution to Medicine

Research Paper Title 100 years of the Royal Air Force’s contribution to medicine: providing care in the air and delivering care by air. Abstract The Royal Air Force (RAF) came into being during World War I as the world’s first independent air force on the 1 April 1918, amalgamating elements of the Royal Flying Corps… Read More

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)?

What is the Fighter Aircrew Conditioning Programme (FACP)? FACP, a programme of the United Stated Air Force (USAF), is designed to help aircrew members develop a personalised, comprehensive approach to G-fitness early in their flying career. Sound physical conditioning habits not only improve performance in the G-environment, but may reduce or prevent injuries such as… Read More

What are the Energy Drink & Nutritional Supplement Beliefs Among US Naval Aviation Candidates?

Research Paper Title Energy Drink and Nutritional Supplement Beliefs Among Naval Aviation Candidates. Background The National Academy of Medicine called for increased research on nutritional supplement use among military members. Current research has suggested potential health risks posed by energy drink consumption. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of energy drink… Read More