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Spinal strain from shopping bags with and without handles

Burton, A. Kim (1986) Spinal strain from shopping bags with and without handles. Applied Ergonomics, 17 (1). pp. 19-23. ISSN 0003-6870

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Abstract

Electromyography has been used to study the effects on right and left lumbar and suprascapular muscle activity resulting from carrying groceries in shopping bags with handles (British) and without handles (American). The results showed that the load on these structures is lower and significantly more evenly distributed with the American bag (p < 0·01), but there is a group of carriers whose lumbar muscle activity is not imbalanced by the British bag. It is suggested that the design of the British shopping bag be reconsidered to enable it to be carried clutched to the body.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 15:35
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2011 13:42
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/7467

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