11. Occupational Biomechanics & Physiology

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11. Occupational Biomechanics & Physiology

Biomechanics Biomechanics uses the laws of physics and engineering mechanics to describe the motions of various body segments (kinematics) and understand the effects of forces and moments acting on the body (kinetics). Application: Ergonomics Orthopedics Sports science

Occupational Biomechanics
Occupational Biomechanics is a sub-discipline within the general field of biomechanics which studies the physical interaction of workers with their tools, machines and materials so as to enhance the workers performance while minimizing the risk of musculoskeletal injury. Motivation: About 1/3 of U.S. workers perform tasks that require high strength demands Costs due to overexertion injuries - LIFTING Large variations in population strength Basis for understanding and preventing overexertion injuries

Problems (example)

Free-Body Diagrams Free-body diagrams are schematic representations of a system identifying all forces and all moments acting on the components of the system.

2-D Model of the Elbow: Unknown Elbow force and moment
17.0 cm 10 N 35.0 cm 180 N From Chaffin, DB and Andersson, GBJ (1991) Occupational Biomechanics. Fig 6.2

2-D Model of the Elbow From Chaffin, DB and Andersson, GBJ (1991) Occupational Biomechanics. Fig 6.7

Biomechanics Example Unknown values: Lower arm selected as free body
ELBOW COM HAND Unknown values: Biceps and external elbow force (FB and FE), and any joint contact force between upper and lower arms (FJT) External elbow moment (ME) Lower arm selected as free body

General Approach 1. Establish coordinate system (sign convention)
2. Draw Free Body Diagram, including known and unknown forces/moments 3. Solve for external moment(s) at joint 4. Determine net internal moment(s), and solve for unknown internal force(s) 5. Solve for external force(s) at joint [can also be done earlier] 6. Determine net internal force(s), and solve for remaining unknown internal force(s)

Example : Solution SME = 0 = ME + ME -> ME = -ME
_ _ SME = 0 = ME + ME -> ME = -ME ME = MLA + MH = (WLA x maLA) + (FH x maH) ME = (-10 x 0.17) + (-180 x 0.35) = ME = Nm (or 64.4 Nm CW) ME = -ME -> ME = 64.7 ME = (FJT x maJT) + (FB x maB) = FB x 0.05 FB = 1294 N (up) External moment is due to external forces _ _ _ Internal moment is due to internal forces

Example 1: Solution SFE = 0 = FE + FE -> FE = -FE
_ _ SFE = 0 = FE + FE -> FE = -FE FE = WLA + FH = (-180) FE = -190 N (or 190 N down) FE = - FE -> FE = 190 FE = FJT + FB FJT = = N (down) _ _ _ Thus, an 18 kg mass (~40#) requires 1300N (~290#) of muscle force and causes 1100N (250#) of joint contact force.

Assumptions Made in 2-D Static Analysis
Joints are frictionless No motion No out-of-plane forces (Flatland) Known anthropometry (segment sizes and weights) Known forces and directions Known postures 1 muscle Known muscle geometry No muscle antagonism (e.g. triceps) Others

3-D Biomechanical Models
These models are difficult to build due to the increased complexity of calculations and difficulties posed by muscle geometry and indeterminacy. Additional problems introduced by indeterminacy; there are fewer equations (of equilibrium) than unknowns (muscle forces) While 3-D models are difficult to construct and validate, 3-D components of lifting, especially lateral bending, appear to significantly increase risk of injury.

Biomechanical analysis yields external moments at selected joints Compare external moments with joint strength (maximum internal moment) Typically use static data, since dynamic strength data are limited Use appropriate strength data (i.e. same posture) Two Options: Compare moments with an individuals joint strength Compare moments with population distributions to obtain percentiles (more common)

Example use of z-score If ME = 15.4 Nm, what % of the population has sufficient strength to perform the task (at least for a short time)? m = 40 Nm; s = 15 Nm (from strength table) z = ( )/15 = (std dev below the mean) From table, the area A corresponding to z = is 0.95 Thus, 95% of the population has strength ≥ 15.4 Nm

Demand (moments) < Capacity (strength) Are the demands excessive? Is the percentage capable too small? What is an appropriate percentage? [95% or 99% capable commonly used] Strategies to Improve the Task: Decrease D Forces: masses, accelerations (increase or decrease, depending on the specific task) Moment arms: distances, postures, work layout Increase C Design task to avoid loading of relatively weak joints Maximize joint strength (typically in middle of ROM) Use only strong workers

UM 2-D Static Strength Model

Work Physiology

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Metabolism
Use of O2, efficient, high capacity Anaerobic No O2, inefficient, low capacity Aerobic used during normal work (exercise) levels, anaerobic added during extreme demands Anaerobic metabolism -> lactic acid (pain, cramps, tremors) D < C (energy demands < energy generation capacity) Metabolism is the process of releasing energy stored in chemical bonds

Oxygen Consumption and Exercise

Oxygen Uptake and Energy Production
Respiratory Circulatory Atmosphere Muscle System System Oxygen Tidal Volume Blood Capillary Available System Heart Rate Respiratory Rate Stroke Volume Oxygen Uptake (VO2) Energy Production (E)

Changes with Endurance Training
Low force, high repetition training increased SVmax => increased COmax incr. efficiency of gas exchange in lungs (more O2) incr. in O2 carrying molecule (hemoglobin) increase in #capillaries in muscle