Issues relevant to biomechanical analysis of loading on the lumbar spine in stooped lifting.
Paper in XIII Int'l Congress Biomech Book of Abstracts University of Western Australia 1991 Jan; :224-225
Stooped lifting is prevalent in occupational settings. Of untrained workers, up to 90 pct will opt to use a stooped lift compared to other lifting strategies. As a result, accurate biomechanical modelling of lumbar mechanics in stooped lifting is of utmost concern in the field of occupational biomechanics. Epidemiological data clearly implicate stooping with an increased incidence of low back pain. However, use of lumbar compression as a design parameter tends to suggest increased load-handling capabilities when using this technique compared to the alternatives. This U.S. Bureau of Mines paper evaluates use of lumbar compression in analysis of stooped lifting and suggests the need to explore other biomechanical factors that may explain why this technique leads to increased risk of low back pain.
Paper in XIII Int'l Congress Biomech. Book of Abstracts. University of Western Australia