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dmcfarlane
04-12-2005, 03:31 PM
Dear Colleagues,

I recently received a query about the hazards of lifting after prolonged sitting. I seem to remember being told that this is A BAD THING. If I remember correctly this is something to with the slowness with which muscles and tendons change length. However, I cannot find any records of the evidence for this view or any details of how to deal with it. I expect that there is evidence from truck drivers and their assistants who have to load or unload after long periods of driving.

Has anyone got any good refs I could consult?

How long is too long to sit before doing strenuous lifting work?

How long does the worker need to "limber up"?

Do stretching exercises help at all?

Regards,

David McFarlane
Ergonomist,
WorkCover Authority of New South Wales







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