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Effects of strap support in a hand-held device on the muscular activity in female workers assessed by electromyography and subjective rating

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The present study evaluates the potential mitigation of physical workload when using strap support for a portable device. The experiments were designed as consecutive sessions over a 2-h period. Electromyogram signals were recorded from four muscles of six subjects. The perceived level of fatigue on the whole body as well as in the shoulder, arm, lower back and legs was assessed using Borg's CR-10 scale. All subjects were tested under eight experimental conditions. Results indicated that the biceps brachii muscle displayed significantly lower activity with strap support than without a strap. In the experiments with and without a strap, different levels of force were imposed on the various muscles, which caused changes in the distribution of the physical load. Although the role of the strap might seem evident, using strap support did not always decrease the sensation of fatigue. However, for short-term tasks, using a strap may be recommended.
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Keywords: Borg scale; EMG; hand-held device; strap support; workload

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Industrial Design, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran, Iran 2: Humanomics Section, Department of Design Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Inage-Ku, Chiba, Japan

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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