Driving : The effects of WBV on cerebral oxygenation oscillations and the development of central fatigue

The objective of this study was to assess the effects of WBV on cerebral oxygenation oscillations of the pre-frontal cortex region in healthy men based on the wavelet transform of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) signals. . This study demonstrates that WBV at 4.5 Hz induce highest cerebral oscillation responses. The enhancement of the cerebral spontaneous oscillation activity indicates an activation of the pre-frontal cortex region and an increased demand for oxygen. At prolonged regional neuronal activity due to vibration exposure, energy demand might exceed energy supply, and an imbalance might occur in brain regions activated. This might contribute to the development of fatigue in occupations exposed to WBV.Relevance to industryOccupations exposed to WBV while driving are at increased risk of accidents. This study examined cerebral oxygenation oscillations in response to WBV at 3, 4.5 and 6 Hz to assess if the activation of the pre-frontal cortex region was a potential contributor to the development of central fatigue.

Source : Zengyong Li, Ming Zhang, Jianyong Li, Qing Xin | Guoqiang Chen , Jianping Li ,  Feifei Liu. Spectral analysis of cerebral oxygenation responses to seated whole-body vibration in healthy men.  International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics; Vol. 42, no 4, July 2012, p. 341–346.


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