Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
School Of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science
Computing, Health And Science
Dr Angus Burnett
A/Prof. Barry Gibson
Background: Neck pain and injury is a common occurrence in high performance combat pilots (HPCP) around the world. The cause of this has been attributed to exposure to the unavoidable high mechanical loading related to the neck being positioned in non-neutral head postures whilst being exposed to moderate to high +Gz levels. Specific neck conditioning exercises have been proposed as being a possible method to decrease the incidence of neck pain and injury in this population. However, there has been sparsely published research examining the suitability of selected exercises for HPCP who participate in regular aerial combat manoeuvres (ACM).
Netto, Kevin J., "Neck loading in high performance combat pilots during aerial combat manoeuvres and specific neck strengthening exercises" (2006). Theses: Doctorates and Masters. Paper 43.