alexa Physical demands and injuries to the upper extremity associated with the space program.
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General Science

Journal of Ergonomics

Author(s): Viegas SF, Williams D, Jones J, Strauss S, Clark J

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Abstract Hand and upper-extremity overuse and repetitive injuries in astronauts have been and continue to be a common problem in the space program. The demands on upper-extremity use in the astronaut training program, the zero-gravity environment, the extreme temperature conditions of space, the effects of space travel on human physiology/anatomy, and the constraints and pressures of space suits and gloves all can negatively impact upper-extremity function in ways that can result in overuse/repetitive injuries. Future plans for space exploration include endeavors that will continue and even increase the demands on the hand and upper extremity. This article was published in J Hand Surg Am and referenced in Journal of Ergonomics

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