Influence of fatigue time and level on increases in postural sway.
Pline-KM; Madigan-ML; Nussbaum-MA
Ergonomics 2006 Dec; 49(15):1639-1648
The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of fatigue time and fatigue level on the increases in postural sway during quiet standing. Centre of pressure-based measures of postural sway were collected both before and after fatiguing participants using three different fatigue levels and two different fatigue times. Results showed increasing fatigue time increased sway velocity and sway area, and increasing fatigue level increased sway velocity. Fatigue time effects are important to consider when applying laboratory-based findings to the field given that the fatigue time can differ substantially between the two. Fatigue level effects imply a dose - response relationship between localized muscle fatigue and risk of falling that can have important implications in work/rest cycle scheduling for occupations at risk of injurious falls.
Fatigue; Muscles; Motion-studies; Posture; Injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Muscle-function; Muscle-physiology; Muscles
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mail Code 0238, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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