Developing a framework for assessing muscle effort and postures during computer work in the field: the effect of computer activities on neck/shoulder muscle effort and postures

J.L. Bruno-Garza, B.H.W. Eijckelhof, P.W. Johnson, S.M. Raina, P. Rynell, M.A. Huijsmans, J.H. van Dieen, A.J. van der Beek, B.M. Blatter, J.T. Dennerlein

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The present study, a part of the PROOF (PRedicting Occupational biomechanics in OFfice workers) study, aimed to determine whether trapezius muscle effort was different across computer activities in a field study of computer workers, and also investigated whether head and shoulder postures were different across computer activities. One hundred twenty participants were measured continuously for two hours each while performing their own computer work. Keyboard activities were associated with the highest intensity of left and right trapezius muscle efforts, and mouse activities were associated with the smallest variability in left and right trapezius muscle efforts. Corresponding trends in head and shoulder postures included that the greatest head flexion and left and right shoulder internal rotation was observed during keyboard activities, and that the smallest variability in head flexion, head lateral tilt, and right shoulder internal rotation was observed during mouse activities. Identifying which muscle efforts and postures are different across computer activities is the first essential step for developing prediction rules for muscle efforts and postures, which can be used to link muscle efforts and postures to musculoskeletal symptoms in epidemiological studies. © 2012 - IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2377-2380
JournalWork: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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