Physical workload, trapezius muscle activity, and neck pain in nurses' night and day shifts: A physiological evaluation

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From: Applied Ergonomics(Vol. 45, Issue 3)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Author abstract; Report
Length: 253 words

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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2013.09.016 Byline: Corinne Nicoletti, Christina M. Spengler, Thomas Laubli Abstract: The purpose of this study was to compare physical workload, electromyography (EMG) of the trapezius muscle, neck pain and mental well-being at work between night and day shifts in twenty Swiss nurses. Work pulse (average increase of heart rate over resting heart rate) was lower during night (27 bpm) compared to day shifts (34 bpm; p Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland (b) Exercise Physiology Lab, Institute of Human Movement Sciences and Sport, ETH Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland (c) Zurich Center for Integrative Human Physiology (ZIHP), University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland (d) Holistics Prosthetics Research Center, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku 606-8585, Japan Article History: Received 12 September 2012; Accepted 24 September 2013

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