Coactivation of the trunk muscles during asymmetric loading of the torso

S. A. Lavender, Y. H. Tsuang, A. Hafezi, G. B J Andersson, D. B. Chaffin, R. E. Hughes

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Materials handling tasks in industry are rarely performed in the midsagittal plane. Often these tasks, labeled nonsagittally symmetric or asymmetric lifting tasks, can be expected to lead to an unequal distribution of forces between the left and right sides of the body. Because of the large number of muscles capable of resisting loads in the torso, researchers are forced to make simplifications when using biomechanical models to estimate mechanical loading of the spine during such tasks. Simplifications and assumptions regarding the coactivation of antagonistic muscles are frequently used because sufficient experimental data do not exist. The present study was designed to quantify coactivation of the trunk musculature in response to applied asymmetric loads. This load was varied in direction from an anterior midsagittal plane orientation to a posterior midsagittal plane orientation in 15-deg increments. The results showed little coactivation when the applied load directions were anterior and within 45 deg of the midsagittal orientation. When load directions were greater than 45 deg, coactivation was quantifiable in ipsilateral and posterior muscle groups.

頁(從 - 到)239-247
期刊Human Factors
出版狀態已發佈 - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 行為神經科學
  • 人因工程和人體工學
  • 心理學(全部)
  • 應用心理學


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