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Motor variability in occupational health and performance
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: Clinical Biomechanics, ISSN 0268-0033, E-ISSN 1879-1271, Vol. 27, no 10, p. 979-993Article 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. Since 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 discusses relevant MV research appearing in motor control, sports sciences and occupational biomechanics literature to answer whether MV is important to consider in an occupational context, and if yes, whether it can be manipulated by training the worker or changing the working conditions so as to increase biomechanical variation without jeopardizing production

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2012. Vol. 27, no 10, p. 979-993
Keywords [en]
Exposure variability, kinematics, repetitive work, variation, work-related musculo-skeletal disorders
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11655DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2012.08.007ISI: 000312420900002PubMedID: 22954427Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84869492097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-11655DiVA, id: diva2:512822
Available from: 2012-03-29 Created: 2012-03-29 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved

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