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dc.contributor.authorHides, Julie
dc.contributor.authorLambrecht, Gunda
dc.contributor.authorRamdharry, Gita
dc.contributor.authorCusack, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorBloomberg, Jacob
dc.contributor.authorStokes, Maria
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-23T06:30:53Z
dc.date.available2021-09-23T06:30:53Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn2468-7812
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.msksp.2016.12.008
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/408299
dc.description.abstractExposure to the microgravity environment induces physiological changes in the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and sensorimotor systems in healthy astronauts. As space agencies prepare for extended duration missions, it is difficult to predict the extent of the effects that prolonged exposure to microgravity will have on astronauts. Prolonged bed rest is a model used by space agencies to simulate the effects of spaceflight on the human body, and bed rest studies have provided some insights into the effects of immobilisation and inactivity. Whilst microgravity exposure is confined to a relatively small population, on return to Earth, the physiological changes seen in astronauts parallel many changes routinely seen by physiotherapists on Earth in people with low back pain (LBP), muscle wasting diseases, exposure to prolonged bed rest, elite athletes and critically ill patients in intensive care. The medical operations team at the European Space Agency are currently involved in preparing astronauts for spaceflight, advising on exercises whilst astronauts are on the International Space Station, and reconditioning astronauts following their return. There are a number of parallels between this role and contemporary roles performed by physiotherapists working with elite athletes and muscle wasting conditions. This clinical commentary will draw parallels between changes which occur to the neuromuscular system in the absence of gravity and conditions which occur on Earth. Implications for physiotherapy management of astronauts and terrestrial patients will be discussed.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
dc.relation.ispartofpagefromS32
dc.relation.ispartofpagetoS37
dc.relation.ispartofjournalMusculoskeletal Science and Practice
dc.relation.ispartofvolume27
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiomedical and clinical sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode32
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsRehabilitation
dc.subject.keywordsSpaceflight
dc.subject.keywordsMicrogravity
dc.titleParallels between astronauts and terrestrial patients - Taking physiotherapy rehabilitation "To infinity and beyond"
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationHides, J; Lambrecht, G; Ramdharry, G; Cusack, R; Bloomberg, J; Stokes, M, Parallels between astronauts and terrestrial patients - Taking physiotherapy rehabilitation "To infinity and beyond", Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 2017, 27, pp. S32-S37
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-11-06
dc.date.updated2021-09-23T06:29:34Z
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorHides, Julie A.


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