Effects of vibration exposure on professional drivers: a field test for quantifying visual and cognitive performance

N. Costa, P.M. Arezes, R.B. Melo
2012 Work : A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation  
Effects of whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure on professional drivers were predicted using a 45 subjects sample of healthy volunteers from both genders. These volunteers preformed a visual/motor accuracy evaluation test, the 'omega test', inside a vehicle (van) under three different WBV exposure conditions, van halted, van performing a circuit on asphalt, and on cobblestone. WBV levels of the stated conditions were statistically different and impairment upon subjects' performance was found.
more » ... mance was found. The statistical significant difference encountered between the subjects performance under the two whole-body vibration profiles (asphalt and cobblestone), seems to indicate that the vibration levels also represent a variable to be taken under consideration. No gender related difference was found.
doi:10.3233/wor-2012-0561-3039 fatcat:eisps6vzsffkrgl5wop44cminm