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The biomechanical and physiological effect of two dynamic workstations

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Author: Botter, J. · Burford, E.M. · Commissaris, D. · Könemann, R. · Mastrigt, S.H.V. · Ellegast, R.P.
Type:article
Date:2013
Source:4th Int. Conf. on Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics, and Risk Management: Human Body Modeling and Ergonomics, DHM 2013, Held as Part of 15th Int. Conf. on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI 2013, 21 July 2013 through 26 July 2013, Las Vegas, NV, PART 2, 8026 LNCS, 196-204
series:
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Identifier: 478209
doi: doi:10.1007/978-3-642-39182-8_23
ISBN: 9783642391811
Keywords: Workplace · Computer work · Energy expenditure · Heart rates · Joint angle · Physical activity · Biomechanics · Electromyography · Ergonomics · Heart · Physiology · Risk management · Computer workstations · Work and Employment · Healthy Living · Organisation · SP - Sustainable Productivity · BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences

Abstract

The aim of this research paper was to investigate the effect, both biomechanically and physiologically, of two dynamic workstations currently available on the commercial market. The dynamic workstations tested, namely the Treadmill Desk by LifeSpan and the LifeBalance Station by RightAngle, were compared to the more conventional seated and standing workstations, through a randomized repeated measures design. Hypothesized was that the use of these dynamic workstations would have an effect on posture, physical activity, energy expenditure and muscular activity. Preliminary results suggest that the dynamic workstation increase physical activity and heart rate compared to the seated workstation. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.