|Title:||Evaluation of a passive exoskeleton for static upper limb activities|
|Authors :||Huysamen, Kirsten|
de Looze, Michiel
Stadler, Konrad S.
O'Sullivan, Leonard W.
|Published in :||Applied Ergonomics|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||Pergamon Press|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Peer review (Publication)|
|Subject (DDC) :||610: Medicine and health |
|Abstract:||The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a passive upper body exoskeleton on muscle activity, perceived musculoskeletal effort, local perceived pressure and subjective usability for a static overhead task. Eight participants (4 male, 4 female) held a load (0 kg and 2 kg) three times overhead for a duration of 30 s each, both with and without the exoskeleton. Muscle activity was significantly reduced for the Biceps Brachii (49%) and Medial Deltoid (62%) by the device for the 2 kg load. Perceived effort of the arms was significantly lower with the device for the 2 kg load (41%). The device did not have a significant effect on trunk or leg muscle activity (for the 2 kg load) or perceived effort. Local perceived pressure was rated below 2 (low pressure levels) for all contact areas assessed. Half of the participants rated the device usability as acceptable. The exoskeleton reduced muscle activity and perceived effort by the arms, and had no significant negative effect on the trunk and lower Body with regards to muscle activity, perceived effort and localised discomfort.|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)|
|Publication type:||Article in scientific Journal|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Gesundheit|
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