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Motor variability – an important issue in occupational life
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, CBF. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9327-6177
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, CBF. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
2012 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 41, no Suppl. 1, p. 2527-2534Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Several recent reviews have reported that ‘repetitive movements’ is a risk factor for occupational musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the neck, shoulder and arm regions. More variation in biomechanical exposure is often suggested as an effective intervention in such settings. While increasing variation using extrinsic methods like job rotation may not always be possible in an industrial context, the intrinsic variability of the motor system may offer an alternative opportunity to increase variation. Motor variability (MV) refers to the natural variation in postures, movements and muscle activity observed to different extents in all tasks. The current review explores the state of the art in MV research from motor control, sports and occupational biomechanics literature to answer whether MV is important to consider in an occupational context, and if yes, whether this literature stimulates further studies to test if MV can be manipulated as a deliberate intervention for increasing biomechanical variation without jeopardizing production.

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2012. Vol. 41, no Suppl. 1, p. 2527-2534
Keywords [en]
Work-related musculo-skeletal disorders, exposure variability, motor variability, occupational health, performance, kinematics
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11544DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0493-2527ISI: 000306361802112PubMedID: 22317100Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859880535OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-11544DiVA, id: diva2:505299
Available from: 2012-02-23 Created: 2012-02-23 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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