Typing keystroke duration changed after submaximal isometric finger exercises.
Joe-Chang CH; Johnson PW; Katz JN; Eisen EA; Dennerlein JT
Eur J Appl Physiol 2009 Jan; 105(1):93-101
A repeated-measures laboratory experiment tested whether keystroke duration during touch-typing changes after a finger performs submaximal isometric flexion exercises. Fourteen right-handed touch-typists used right ring finger to perform three 15-min exercise conditions, two isometric exercises and a no-force condition, each on a separate day. Before and after each exercise condition, typing keystroke duration and isometric force elicited by electrical stimulation were measured for right ring finger. Keystroke duration of right ring finger decreased by 5% (6 ms, P < 0.05) immediately after the exercises but not after the no-force condition. Peak isometric finger force elicited by electrical stimulation decreased by 17-26% (P < 0.05) for the flexor digitorum superficialis and decreased by 4-8% for the extensor digitorum communis after the isometric exercises. After the finger was exposed to isometric exercises, changes in typing keystroke duration coincided with changes in the physiological state of the finger flexor and extensor muscles.
Biomechanics; Posture; Muscles; Occupational-exposure; Humans; Ergonomics; Physiological-factors; Musculoskeletal-system; Computer-equipment; Statistical-analysis;
Author Keywords: Computer use; Muscle physiology; Fatigue; Musculoskeletal disorders; Exposure assessment
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA, 02115
European Journal of Applied Physiology
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts