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Oxygenation, EMG and position sense during computer mouse work: impact of active versus passive pauses
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
2006 (English)In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN 1439-6319, E-ISSN 1439-6327, Vol. 97, no 1, 59-67 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We investigated the effects of active versus passive pauses implemented during computer mouse work on muscle oxygenation and EMG of the forearm extensor carpi radialis muscle, and on wrist position sense. Fifteen healthy female subjects (age: 19-24 years) performed a 60-min mouse-operated computer task, divided into three 20 min periods, on two occasions separated by 3-6 days. On one occasion a passive pause (subjects resting) was implemented at the end of each 20-min period, and on another occasion an active pause (subjects performed a number of high intensity extensions of the forearm) was implemented. Also at the end of each 20-min period, test contractions were conducted and subjective ratings of fatigue and stress were obtained. Another parameter of interest was total haemoglobin calculated as the summation of oxy-and deoxy-haemoglobin, since it reflects blood volume changes. The most interesting findings were an overall increasing trend in total haemoglobin throughout the mouse work (P<0.001), and that this trend was greater for the active pause as compared to the passive pause (P<0.01). These data were accompanied by an overall increase in oxygen saturation (P<0.001), with a tendency, albeit not significant, toward a higher increase for the active pause (P=0.13). EMG amplitude and median frequency tended to decrease (P=0.08 and 0.05, respectively) during the mouse work but was not different between pause types. Borg ratings of forearm fatigue showed an overall increase during the activity (P<0.001), but the perceptions of stress did not change. Position sense did not change due to the mouse work for either pause type. While increasing trends were found for both pause types, the present study lends support to the hypothesis of an enhancement in oxygenation and blood volume for computer mouse work implemented with active pauses. However, a presumption of an association between this enhancement and attenuated fatigue during the mouse work was not supported.

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2006. Vol. 97, no 1, 59-67 p.
Keyword [en]
Adult, Computer Peripherals, Electromyography methods, Exertion physiology, Female, Forearm physiology, Humans, Muscle Contraction physiology, Muscle, Skeletal physiology, Oxygen metabolism, Oxygen Consumption physiology, Posture physiology, Proprioception physiology, Psychomotor Performance physiology, Rest physiology, Word Processing
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-2881DOI: 10.1007/s00421-006-0138-4ISI: 000236973200008PubMedID: 16468061Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33745451969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-2881DiVA: diva2:119543
Available from: 2007-11-28 Created: 2007-11-28 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved

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