Whole-body vibration and occupational physical performance: a review

Savage, Robert, Billing, Daniel, Furnell, Alistair, Netto, Kevin and Aisbett, Brad 2016, Whole-body vibration and occupational physical performance: a review, International archives of occupational and environmental health, vol. 89, no. 2, pp. 181-197.

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Title Whole-body vibration and occupational physical performance: a review
Author(s) Savage, Robert
Billing, Daniel
Furnell, Alistair
Netto, Kevin
Aisbett, BradORCID iD for Aisbett, Brad orcid.org/0000-0001-8077-0272
Journal name International archives of occupational and environmental health
Volume number 89
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 197
Total pages 17
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2016-02
ISSN 0340-0131
Keyword(s) Biomechanics
Physical performance
Whole-body vibration
Summary Introduction: In the occupational environment, there are a considerable number of stressors that can affect physical performance in job tasks. Whole-body vibration (WBV), which arises from vehicle transit, is one such stressor that has been demonstrated to alter human function in several ways. This study identifies the known physical changes to human function which result from WBV, to comment on changes which may translate to performance in physically demanding occupational tasks. Methods: A systematic review is performed on the literature relating to changes in the neuromuscular, physiological and biomechanical properties of the human body, when exposed to WBV. Selection criteria are constructed to synthesise articles which strictly relate to in-vehicle WBV and physical responses. Results: In total, 29 articles were identified which satisfied the criteria for inclusion. A range of physical responses produced from WBV are presented; however, little consistency exists in study design and the responses reported. Discussion: Given the inconsistency in the reported responses, the precise changes to human function remain unknown. However, there is sufficient evidence to warrant the design of studies which investigate occupationally relevant physical performance changes following WBV.
Language eng
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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