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    I'm a researcher working in a team at Officine Rizzoli of Bologna, Italy.
    At our laboratory we are now studying postural problems in school age
    children due to back loads (knapsack). Our idea is to determine a maximum
    acceptable load (related to body weight), that can be daily carried by
    children without alterate their normal posture.In particular we begun to study
    the changes of center of gravity projection superimposed to child video image
    in standing and walking with and without knapsack. For standing we think to
    use also electromyography of some postural antigravitary muscles (soleus,
    erector spinae, trapezius and rectus abdominis),
    In this initial fase I'm searching for literature, suggestion or report of
    previous experience in this field. Could someone give me that kind
    of information ? Obviously, I will share all materials whit interested person.
    Thank you and best regards from Bologna.

    Antonio Cicchella
    Officine Ortopediche Rizzoli S.p.A.
    via SS. Annunziata 13, 40136 Bologna-Italy
    tel. 39.51.6441241 fax 39.51.580333
    e-mail VI6BOQ71 at ICINECA.CINECA.IT