The correlation between aerobic fitness and motion sickness susceptibility

Nishi Rawat, Christopher W. Connor, Jeffrey A. Jones, Inessa B. Kozlovskaya, Patrick Sullivan

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Susceptibility to motion sickness has been linked to aerobic fitness in several studies, however, these studies have not elucidated the underlying physiological mechanism by which increased aerobic fitness is related to a decreased ability to tolerate motion sickness stimuli. This pilot study provides further evidence of a relationship between aerobic fitness and motion sickness susceptibility. It also suggests that aerobic capacity is more specifically linked to signs and symptoms of vasomotor origin including stomach discomfort, nausea and/or vomiting, headache, and diaphoresis. By independently correlating vasomotor susceptibility and neurogenic susceptibility to maximum oxygen uptake, we find that vasomotor symptoms in particular are significantly increased in aerobically fit individuals. Larger studies should be conducted to confirm this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-218
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 14 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Motion sickness
  • Oxygen consumption
  • Physical fitness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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