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Document ID (ISN)100933
CIS number 02-1972
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Schibye B., Hansen A.F., S°gaard K., Christensen H.
Title Aerobic power and muscle strength among young and elderly workers with and without physically demanding work tasks
Bibliographic information Oct. 2001, Vol.32, No.5, p.425-431. Illus. 28 ref.
Abstract The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of waste collection on the physical capacity of the workers. A total of 19 young and 28 elderly waste collectors and two age-matched control groups participated. Aerobic power was lower among the elderly workers compared with the young workers of both groups. No differences were found between waste collectors and control groups. A general tendency to larger muscle strength was found for both young and elderly waste collectors compared with the control groups, which is an indication of an early selection of the young waste collectors. With respect to the elderly waste collectors, the job seems to have a training effect especially for the shoulder muscles. No training effect is found for the aerobic power, and a discrepancy between work demand and individual aerobic capacity may occur among elderly workers resulting in a negative health effect unless the work task is evaluated according to age-dependent criteria.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; muscular work; age-linked differences; garbage collectors; workload assessment
Descriptors (secondary) physiology of muscle; physical workload; case-control study; physical fitness; maximum aerobic power; work capacity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal