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Effects of varying the rest period on the onset angle of lumbar flexion-relaxation in simulated sheep shearing: a preliminary study

Mark Robinson, Raphael Mayer, Ying Tan, Denny Oetomo, Chris Manzie

2019 IEEE 16TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REHABILITATION ROBOTICS (ICORR) | IEEE | Published : 2019

Abstract

Wool harvesting remains an important industry in Australia, but its workers suffer from extreme rates of injury, in particular, the lower back injuries. Reducing injuries in sheep shearing could be as simple as extending shearer rest periods between sheep, but the effect of this has not previously been studied. The lumbar flexion-relaxation phenomenon is present in sheep shearing and the onset angle of this phenomenon can provide insight into lower back injury risk. The increase in the onset angle of lumbar flexion-relaxation over several work-rest periods for a simulated sheep shearing task is studied. The rate of increase in the onset angle of lumbar flexion-relaxation was higher when shor..

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