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Biomechanical assessment of work tasks and musculature.

Authors
Wheeler-D; Miller-GJ
Source
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1991 Dec; :1-22
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00206155
Abstract
Normal healthy volunteers were used to document the combined use of two methods of functional assessment, involving two dimensional biomechanical evaluation of submaximal lifting technique and maximum isometric lumbar extension strength, to predict maximal lifting capacity. The maximum isometric lumbar extension strength of 15 men and 11 women aged 18 to 39 years were evaluated. The submaximal lifting mechanics were also documented while lifting a light load from the floor to the standing position five consecutive times. This multifaceted functional assessment protocol was able to accurately predict a subject's maximum lifting capacity to within 10% or 11 pounds. The protocol was found to be more accurate when assessing men's lifting capacity than when assessing women's. The authors conclude that this prediction method may be beneficial to the rehabilitation of those with low back pain or it may prevent injuries by assigning appropriate activities or tasks for an individual's strength capabilities and biomechanical techniques.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Manual-materials-handling; Biomechanics; Manual-lifting; Sex-factors
Contact
Orthopaedic Surgery University of Florida Box J-246 Jhmhc Gainesville, FL 32610
Publication Date
19911231
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
21750
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
PB92-184258
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-02684
NIOSH Division
OEP
Source Name
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
State
FL
Performing Organization
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
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