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Does elevating and tilting the input device support surface affect typing force and postural exposures of the wrist?

Authors
Asundi-K; Johnson-PW; Dennerlein-JT
Source
Work 2011 Jun; 39(2):187-193
NIOSHTIC No.
20040110
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Compare wrist kinematics and typing force during computer work across two workstations, one configured according to recommended guidelines with the keyboard support surface flat and near resting elbow height, the other according to users' actual setup and preference, with an elevated, and positively tilted support surface. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty participants completed a standard computer task at the two workstation configurations. METHODS: A thin profile force plate, placed under the keyboard recorded keyboard reaction forces. Twin axis electro-goniometers (SG65 Biometrics Ltd, London, UK) affixed to the back of the right and left hand of each subject continuously measured wrist extension/flexion and ulnar/radial deviation. RESULTS: Typing force and wrist kinematics were similar between the two configurations with only 10th percentile ulnar deviation for the right hand showing a borderline significant difference of 1 between the two configurations. CONCLUSION: Elevating and tilting the input device support surface does not necessarily affect typing force and kinematics of the wrist. The combination of the input device support surface and user upper extremities form a complex kinematic system with several degrees of freedom. Wrist postures during computer use are a function of multiple factors other than simply keyboard tilt.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Biomechanics; Musculoskeletal-system; Physiology; Posture; Risk-factors; Task-performance; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: Computer workstation; physical risk factors; musculoskeletal disorders
Contact
Jack T. Dennerlein, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
WORKFK
Publication Date
20110601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jax@hsph.harvard.edu
Funding Amount
121350
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003997; Grant-Number-R01-OH-008373; B01182012
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1051-9815
Source Name
Work
State
MA; WA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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