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Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2001;7(2):179-93.

Assessment of the musculoskeletal load of the trapezius and deltoid muscles during hand activity.

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Department of Ergonomics, Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warsaw, Poland, daliu@ciop.pl

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to analyse the influence of the precision of a task on tension and fatigue of the trapezius and deltoid muscles. Ten young men took part in experiments. Different levels of force and different frequencies of pressing a button defined the precision of the task. Surface electromyography (EMG) was used. Muscle tension and fatigue were reflected by 2 parameters of the EMG signal: the Root Mean Square amplitude related to the maximum value and changes in the Median Power Frequency. The results showed that hand activities influence the descending part of the trapezius muscle and do not influence the deltoid muscle, and that the precision of work can influence the examined muscles of the arm and shoulder even during work in which only the hand is involved in a performed task.

PMID:
11373186
DOI:
10.1080/10803548.2001.11076485
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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