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Vibration-induced decrease in the muscle force in lumberjacks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7371623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Isometric maximal hand grip force was measured with a strain gauge dynamometer in 91 lumberjacks and 31 controls during a 2-min compression-relaxation task. Measurements were carried out on both hands with and without simultaneous vibration exposure. The muscle forces of older subjects were smaller than those of younger men, independent of occupational vibration exposure. The fatigue curves of lumberjacks and control subjects had the same shape. During vibration exposure in the test, the forces diminished in the left hand significantly in the lumberjacks but not in the control subjects. The force level of fatigue curves of the lumberjacks with a history of diminished grip force was lower and decreased more during vibration exposure than in the lumberjacks with a history of normal grip force. The reduction in the hand grip force during vibration exposure in the lumberjacks seemed to be linked to lesions in the peripheral nerves and to activation of a tonic vibration reflex, but probably not to circulation disturbances. The fatigue mechanism seemed to be the same in lumberjacks and control subjects.
M Färkkilä; I Pyykkö; O Korhonen; J Starck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of applied physiology and occupational physiology     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0301-5548     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Publication Date:  1980 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-07-26     Completed Date:  1980-07-26     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410266     Medline TA:  Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
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MeSH Terms
Hand / physiology
Middle Aged
Muscle Contraction*
Muscles / physiology
Occupational Medicine
Vibration / adverse effects*

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