Ergonomic principles as an adjunct to the profession of biokinetics
Strydom, Gert L.
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Work-related injuries date back to antiquity. Attempts to resolve these work-related challenges have, inter alia, led to the establishment of the professions of Ergonomics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Occupational Hygiene, and Biokinetics. The objective of this article is to illustrate the value of Ergonomic principles as an adjunct to the profession of Biokinetics. Insofar as Ergonomics addresses the physical and environmental risks which predispose and precipitate injuries, the profession of Ergonomics is primarily concerned with the practice of eradicating work-related challenges that impede human–machine interfacing, and which adversely influence work productivity and employee health. While Occupational Therapy and Biokinetics, by rehabilitating work-related injuries, assist in improving working conditions, little is known about the exact interface between the professions of Ergonomics and Biokinetics. The Google Scholar database was consulted in order to determine the relationship between Ergonomics and Biokinetics. The key words used were ergonomics and biokinetics and lead to the identification of 545 records, none of which pertained to the aforementioned subject. A subsequent search was conducted using the key words work-related musculoskeletal injuries and biokinetics. This search identified 925 records, the number of which were reduced to 42 (4.76%) after the exclusion of patents (n = 24), citations (n = 3), and nonbiokinetic work-related injury research (n = 856). Given that many work-related injuries are managed through the use of biokinetic rehabilitation, knowledge of the physical ergonomic risk factors at play will afford biokineticists an enhanced understanding of the etiology of work-related injuries, thereby helping to improve the vigor of the rehabilitation
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