Measurements of grip strength applied to cylindrical handles and the effect of gloves.
Dong-RG; Wimer-B; McDowell-TW; Welcome-DE; Wu-JZ; Hsiao-H
Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA2009), Beijing, China, August 9-14, 2009. Madison, WI: International Ergonomics Association, 2009 Aug; :1-5
This paper introduces a new dynamometer for measuring grip force/strength applied on a cylindrical handle and briefly describes its application to investigate the effect of wearing gloves on grip strength. Sixteen subjects participated in the glove experiment. Six types of gloves were used in the test. Whereas the gloved-hand grip strength applied to cylindrical handles is well correlated with bare-hand grip strength, all gloves reduced the grip strength, especially those designed for isolating hand-transmitted vibration, regardless of the handle sizes (30 and 40 mm in diameter) used in this study.
Musculoskeletal-system; Muscle-function; Gloves; Ergonomics; Humans
Ren G.. Dong, Engineering & Control Technology Branch (ECTB) Health Effects Laboratory Division (HELD), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, West Virginia 26505, USA
Proceedings of the 17th World Congress on Ergonomics (IEA2009), Beijing, China, August 9-14, 2009