The Effects of Lower Right Limb Orthopedic Immobilization on Driving Performance
Abstract Background: Effects of orthopedic immobilizations of the lower right limb on driving performances are unknown. Therefore, clinicians and legislators cannot put forth recommendations for road safety for patients requiring such immobilizations. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of different orthopedic immobilizations on braking performances in simulated driving conditions.
Methods: The braking performances of 48 healthy volunteers were evaluated under 3 conditions: wearing their running shoes, and 2 types of orthopedic immobilizations of the lower right limb, a walking cast and an Aircast walker. A computerized driving simulator was used to measure the maximum force applied on the brake pedal during braking, the braking reaction time and the total braking time during emergency braking with and without a distracter.
Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Walking Cast Right Leg Immobilisation Effects
Driving with running shoes, Plaster cast, Driving with Aircast
Research Centre on Aging, Sherbrooke Geriatric University Institute (IUGS),
Universitaire de Sherbrooke
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00950729
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
The effect of environmental or physiological factors on the driver and driving ability. Included are driving fatigue, and the effect of drugs, disease, and physical disabilities on driving.
Government required written and driving test given to individuals prior to obtaining an operator's license.
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A calcium salt that is used for a variety of purposes including: building materials, as a desiccant, in dentistry as an impression material, cast, or die, and in medicine for immobilizing casts and as a tablet excipient. It exists in various forms and states of hydration. Plaster of Paris is a mixture of powdered and heat-treated gypsum.
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