Rammohan V. Maikala

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Exposure to whole-body vibration is implicated as one of the occupational risk factors for lower back disorders; however, its influence on the lumbar muscle physiology is still poorly understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of backrest support and hand grip contractions on lumbar muscle oxygenation and blood volume responses(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of whole-body vibration on multiple tissues simultaneously in fourteen healthy women. On three separate days, participants were exposed to frequencies, 3, 4.5, or 6 Hz (at 0.9 g(r.m.s) acceleration in vertical direction) per day on a simulator for 16 min. While sitting 'with' and 'without' backrest(More)
OBJECTIVE The influence of backrest support and handgrip contractions on acute metabolic, respiratory, and cardiovascular responses were evaluated in 13 healthy men during exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV). METHODS Following assessment of aerobic fitness during arm cranking, subjects were exposed to frequencies 3, 4.5, and 6 Hz with 0.9 g(r.m.s)(More)
Role of backrest support and hand grip contractions on regional cerebral oxygenation and blood volume were evaluated by near infrared spectroscopy in 13 healthy men during whole-body vibration (WBV). Subjects were exposed to three WBV (3, 4.5, and 6 Hz at ∼0.9 grms in the vertical direction), in a randomized order on separate days. During WBV, subjects(More)
This study evaluated the reliability of oxygenation and blood volume responses, from the right erector spinae in twenty two healthy men and women, during static prone trunk extension on two separate days. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)-derived physiological change for oxygenation was calculated as the difference between the 'baseline' before the start of(More)
The purpose of this experiment was to replicate a previous psychophysical experiment [Ciriello, V.M., McGorry, R.W., Martin, S.E., Bezverkny, I.B., 1999b. Maximum acceptable forces of dynamic pushing: comparison of two techniques. Ergonomics 42, 32–39] which investigated maximum acceptable initial and sustained forces while performing a 7.6m pushing task at(More)
Using psychophysics, the maximum acceptable forces for pushing have been previously developed using a magnetic particle brake (MPB) treadmill at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The objective of this study was to investigate the reproducibility of maximum acceptable initial and sustained forces while performing a pushing task at a frequency(More)
An experiment was conducted to develop models to predict oxygen consumption of males and females engaged in common materials handling tasks including lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, (de)palletising and combination tasks involving lifting or lowering a box and carrying it a set distance and lifting or lowering it to the destination. Nineteen male and 19(More)
OBJECTIVE Peak cardiorespiratory, metabolic, and perceptual responses in healthy men (n=11) and women (n=11) were compared during two different upper body exercise modes: standardized arm cranking and task-specific pushing-pulling. METHODS Each subject completed to volitional exhaustion both an incremental arm cranking and a pushing-pulling exercise(More)
The most frequent and expensive cause of compensable workplace injuries loss is manual material handling (MMH). In an attempt to minimise these losses, refinement of existing MMH guidelines is a component of redesigning high risk MMH jobs. In the development of the present MMH 1991 guidelines (Snook and Ciriello 1991), maximum acceptable weights (MAWs) and(More)