A male incumbent worker industrial database: Part i: Lumbar spinal physical capacity

Tom Mayer, Robert Joseph Gatchel, Janice Keeley, Holly Mayer, Dennis Richling

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Study Design. A group of 160 incumbent male railroad workers volunteered for a Study of lumbar spine physical capacity.Methods, They were initially subjected to inclinometric measurements of sagittal and coronal regional mobility (T12-ST). They also were tested on Isokinetic trunk strength measurement devices for sagittal (bending) end axial (twisting trunk strength at multiple speeds. Results. Results showed that they demonstrated mild deficits of lumbar sagittal extension mobility, trunk extensor strength, and sagittal/axial high speed (150-1800.sec) trunk strength when compared with population averages from a previously derived normative database of a nonhomogeneous male population (matched for age and body weight). Conclusions. It was hypothesized that instructions about “correct lifting techniques” uniformly provided to these workers, may have resulted in an unintended decrement in trunk mobility and strength.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-761
Number of pages7
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1994


  • Flexlon/extension
  • Inclinometers
  • Isokinetic trunk strength
  • Lumbar mobility
  • Postinjury job return
  • Pre-placement screening
  • Worker selection


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