Mark G Boocock

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BACKGROUND Twelve percent of work-related low back injuries have been attributed to sudden loading events. When a sudden load is applied to an object that is held in front of the body, postural responses are rapid, yet it is not clear whether these responses differ with respect to initial posture at the time of loading, or by providing prior exposure to, or(More)
PURPOSE There is substantial evidence indicating an increase in the incidence of lower limb joint osteoarthritis with increasing age. One factor that may contribute to this is an age related reduction in the ability to attenuate the impulse generated during gait and step descent. SCOPE The aim of this study was to investigate the differences between older(More)
Continuous measurement of changing limb segment angle is possible using a recently introduced flexible electrogoniometer but, unfortunately, the magnitude of linear displacements occurring during flexion and extension of the trunk has prevented its use as a measure of spinal mobility and posture. To overcome this limitation, a specially constructed,(More)
INTRODUCTION Recent guidelines pertaining to exercise for individuals with osteoarthritis have been released. These guidelines have been based primarily on studies of knee-joint osteoarthritis. The current study was focused on the hip joint, which has different biomechanical features and risk factors for osteoarthritis and has received much less attention(More)
Decreases in stature (shrinkage) are used to indicate exercise induced spinal loading. This study examined the effect of three running speeds on two groups of runners, one with chronic low back pain. The two groups of seven male marathon runners ran at 70%, 85%, and 100% of their marathon race pace for 30 min on separate occasions. Before and after exercise(More)
The objective of the present study was to determine whether differences in the frictional properties of a floor surface may affect the kinematics and kinetics of pushing and pulling. Eight male participants were required to push and pull a four-wheeled trolley over two level surfaces, on which were mounted floor coverings with good (safety floor) and(More)
BACKGROUND Age is considered a risk factor for manual handling-related injuries and older workers incur higher injury-related costs than younger co-workers. This study investigated the differences between the kinematics and kinetics of repetitive lifting in two groups of handlers of different ages. METHODS Fourteen younger (mean 24.4 yr) and 14 older(More)