Ergonomic assessment of backpack carriage among high school students

Christopher Lashway, Faisal Aqlan, Melanie Ford

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Abstract

Ergonomically unsuited backpacks tend to cause spine and bone structure based dysfunctionalities, especially on an average high school student's fast developing skeleton. Carrying heavy backpacks by school students should be avoided to prevent musculoskeletal disorders. In this paper, we study the ergonomic risks among high school students in a local school district. The research includes literature review, survey design, data collection, data analysis, digital human modeling (DHM), and recommendations. The survey includes 21 different questions under three categories: human physical characteristics, health history, and school and backpack information. DHM simulations are created to assess the impact of the different factors such as backpack weight, carrying position, and human physical characteristics. The results provide recommendations for avoiding ergonomic risks caused by carrying backpacks among high school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
EditorsHarriet B. Nembhard, Katie Coperich, Elizabeth Cudney
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages1175-1180
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762461
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: May 20 2017May 23 2017

Publication series

Name67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017

Other

Other67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017
CountryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period5/20/175/23/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Lashway, C., Aqlan, F., & Ford, M. (2017). Ergonomic assessment of backpack carriage among high school students. In H. B. Nembhard, K. Coperich, & E. Cudney (Eds.), 67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017 (pp. 1175-1180). (67th Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers 2017). Institute of Industrial Engineers.