Biomechanical Risk Factors of Low Back Pain

Work-related musculoskeletal disorder is one of the most prevalent causes of occupational injuries. For this reason, extensive research has been conducted in investigating human biomechanics during lifting tasks; however, very little research has investigated the effects of highly dynamic tasks, such as throwing heavy or bulky objects. To better understand the risk factors associated with various dynamic materials handling techniques, a biomechanical investigation has been conducted using sensory data from EMG, motion capture and ground reaction forces. This data is analyzed using biomechanical modeling tools such as Vicon and OpenSim. Using these findings, we plan to develop novel wearable devices and controllers to mitigate these risk factors.

Graduate Student Lab Members:

  • Dean Molinaro
  • Jared Li