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J Clin Diagn Res. 2013 May;7(5):790-3. doi: 10.7860/JCDR/2013/4397.2959. Epub 2013 May 1.

Biomechanics of Climbing Coconut Trees and its Implications in Ankle Foot Morphology- A Video Sequence analysis.

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  • 1Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal University, International Centre for Health Sciences , Madhav Nagar, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India .

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Few studies regarding foot changes and health of professional coconut tree climbers of south India are reported. Medical emergencies are very common, especially due to accidental fall from coconut trees, while on job. Objective of the present study is to analyze the altered biomechanics of lower limb joints used by the coconut tree climbers.

METHOD:

Videographs of tree climbing each from a total of 30 male volunteers, all between 30-55 years, engaged in coconut tree climbing profession were collected.

RESULTS:

The data revealed the coconut tree climbers are using abnormal rages of foot and lower limb joint motions.

CONCLUSION:

This study establishes an occupationally induced form of altered biomechanics, which leads to professional health hazards.

KEYWORDS:

Ankle; Biomechanics; Coconut tree climbers; Foot

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