A study involving the movement of small-sized nursery plant containers was conducted using surface electromyography (EMG) to assess the effect that glove type has on forearm and shoulder muscle activation. A total of 24 participants were asked to move weighted nursery containers simultaneously with both left and right hands (one one-gallon, two one-gallon and one three-gallon) from a floor location to a table located twenty feet away while wearing one of four glove treatments (1. No Glove; 2. Thick Leather; 3. Grip Assist Mechanics; 4. Thin Nitrile). Muscle activation was evaluated as a percentage of the participants' maximum voluntary exertion (MVE). The results show no glove effect difference for the smaller pot configuration. With the larger container treatments, muscle activity was affected by glove treatment, specifically for the left and right flexor and extensor radialis muscles.
|Commitee:||Bullington, Stanley F., Strawderman, Lesley|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Industrial and Systems Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Horticulture, Industrial engineering|
|Keywords:||Gloves, Muscle activation, Nursery containers, Plant movement|
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