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Exercise as Treatment of Neck Pain Among Helicopter Pilots and Crew Members

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01926262
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 20, 2013
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2015
The Royal Danish Air Force
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mike Murray, University of Southern Denmark

Brief Summary:
The aim of this project is to investigate, whether physical training, targeted neck and shoulder muscles, can reduce and prevent neck pain among military helicopter pilots and crewmembers.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Neck Pain Shoulder Pain Behavioral: Specific Strength Training Phase 2

Detailed Description:

Military helicopter pilots and crewmembers is often burdened by work-related neck and shoulder pain. Neck pain is a health challenge, that can reduce functional level, concentration and operational safety. Physical exercise has shown good efficacy in reducing neck/shoulder pain in other occupational groups in previous studies.

The Royal Danish Air Force and the University of Southern Denmark, wishes to examine whether specific physical exercise can prevent and reduce neck/shoulder pain within this occupational group.

Participants in this project will be randomly selected to either a physical exercise group or a reference group.

  • The physical exercise group will follow a training program targeted neck and shoulder muscles and train 1 hour per week (3 x 20 min) for 26 weeks.
  • The reference group will continue normal routines, including workout routines. They will later be offered the same training program as the Physical Exercise group provided that training has a positive effect.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 69 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: Physical Exercise Against Neck and Shoulder Pain in Danish Military Helicopter Pilots and Crewmembers - A Clinical Randomized, Controlled Trail
Study Start Date : November 2013
Actual Primary Completion Date : April 2014
Actual Study Completion Date : April 2014

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Physical Exercise Group
Specific Strength Training for the Neck and Shoulder muscles
Behavioral: Specific Strength Training
Specific Strength Training for the Neck and Shoulder Muscles

No Intervention: Reference group
No Specific Strength Training

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Neck and shoulder pain [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Neck pain will be assessed as self-rated pain on a 10 point scale by questionnaire at baseline and follow-up after 6 months

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Pressure-Pain-Threshold [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Pressure-Pain-Threshold will be assessed at baseline and follow-up after 6 months

  2. Muscle strength and steadiness [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Muscle strength and steadiness will be quantified by force transducers at baseline and follow-up after 6 months

  3. Postural stability [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Postural stability will be assessed at baseline and follow-up after 6 months

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Employed within the Royal Danish Air Force
  • Helicopter pilot
  • Crewmember (Flight engineer, Rescue swimmer or Mission System Operator)
  • Flown within the past 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Grounded at time of inclusion
  • Participated in a training intervention within the past 12 months

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01926262

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Hilicopter Wing Karup
Karup, Denmark, 7470
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Southern Denmark
The Royal Danish Air Force
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Study Director: Gisela Sjøgaard, Professor., University of Southern Denmark
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Mike Murray, MSc, University of Southern Denmark
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01926262    
Other Study ID Numbers: S-20120121
First Posted: August 20, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015
Keywords provided by Mike Murray, University of Southern Denmark:
Pain, Neck, Exercise, Pilots, Crewmembers,
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Shoulder Pain
Neck Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases