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Leg Strength Comparison between Younger and Middle-age Adults.
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PMID:  20436934     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Although a risk of occupational musculoskeletal diseases has been identified with age-related strength degradation, strength measures from working group are somewhat sparse. This is especially true for the lower extremity strength measures in dynamic conditions (i.e., isokinetic). The objective of this study was to quantify the lower extremity muscle strength characteristics of three age groups (young, middle, and the elderly). Total of 42 subjects participated in the study: 14 subjects for each age group. A commercial dynamometer was used to evaluate isokinetic and isometric strength at ankle and knee joints. 2 x 2 (Age group (younger, middle-age, and older adult groups) x Gender (male and female)) between-subject design and Post-hoc analysis were performed to evaluate strength differences among three age groups. Post-hoc analysis indicated that, overall, middle-age workers' leg strengths (i.e. ankle and knee muscles) were significantly different from younger adults while middle-age workers' leg strengths were virtually identical to older adults' leg strengths. These results suggested that, overall, 14 middle-age workers in the present study could be at a higher risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Future studies looking at the likelihood of musculoskeletal injuries at different work places and from different working postures at various age levels should be required to validate the current findings. The future study would be a valuable asset in finding intervention strategies such that middle-age workers could stay healthier longer.
Sukwon Kim; Thurmon Lockhart; Chang S Nam
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Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of industrial ergonomics     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0169-8141     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2010 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-7-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703510     Medline TA:  Int J Ind Ergon     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  315-320     Citation Subset:  -    
Human Factors and Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering and Technology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Commerce TX 75428.
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L30 AG022963-01//NIA NIH HHS

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