EFFECTS OF BACKPACK LOADS ON NECK-TRUNK MUSCLE ACTIVATION AMONG OFFICE WORKERS

  • Chia-Sui Lin
  • Fang-Yi Chen
  • Yu-Shan Huang
  • Chiung-Yu Cho
Keywords: backpack, electromyography, office workers, computer user

Abstract

The main purposes of this study were to investigate the effect of weight carriage on necktrunk muscle activation during standing and walking among office workers and to compare electromyography activation between healthy and symptomatic office workers. Twenty-one participants were recruited. Three load trials (0%, 10%, and 15% BW) and two conditions (standing and walking) were encountered. Repeated measure ANOVA was used to test main effect of load and condition on kinetic data. There was a significant condition*load interaction on right trapezius. Significantly increasing activation of right abdominis was found as carrying 15% BW. There was a significant decrease on activation of left erector spinae while carrying 10% BW. Considering to electromyography data, we suggest the backpack load under 10% BW was suitable for office workers.