Designing countermeasures to relieve low back pain among astronauts during space flight

Principal Investigator
Xiaopeng Ning
Assistant Professor
Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering
West Virginia University

Dr. Xiaopeng Ning (left), West Virginia University, Industrial and Management Systems Engineer, helping a human subject perform a simulated fetal-tuck posture; this posture is commonly used by astronauts in space to relieve lower back pain. This research was sponsored by WV EPSCoR RID and was entitled “Understand the effects of fetal tuck position on lumbar spine: designing countermeasures to relieve low back pain among astronauts during space flight.”