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Inhibiting the physiological stress effects of a sustained attention task on shoulder muscle activity

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dc.contributor.author Wixted, Fiona
dc.contributor.author O'Riordan, Clíona
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Leonard
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-12T12:33:22Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-12T12:33:22Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6434
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate if a breathing technique could counteract the effects of hyperventilation due to a sustained attention task on shoulder muscle activity. Background: The trend towards higher levels of automation in industry is increasing. Consequently, manufacturing operators often monitor automated process for long periods of their work shift. Prolonged monitoring work requires sustained attention, which is a cognitive process that humans are typically poor at and find stressful. As sustained attention becomes an increasing requirement of manufacturing operators’ job content, the resulting stress experienced could contribute to the onset of many health problems, including work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). Methods: The SART attention test was completed by a group of participants before and after a breathing intervention exercise. The effects of the abdominal breathing intervention on breathing rate, upper trapezius muscle activity and end-tidal CO2 were evaluated. Results: The breathing intervention reduced the moderation effect of end-tidal CO2 on upper trapezius muscle activity. Conclusions: Abdominal breathing could be a useful technique in reducing the effects of sustained attention work on muscular activity. Application: This research can be applied to highly-automated manufacturing industries, where prolonged monitoring of work is widespread and could, in its role as a stressor, be a potential contributor to WRMSDs. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;15 (1), 115
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15010115
dc.subject vigilance en_US
dc.subject musculoskeletal system en_US
dc.subject work physiology en_US
dc.subject industrial/workplace ergonomics en_US
dc.subject job stress en_US
dc.title Inhibiting the physiological stress effects of a sustained attention task on shoulder muscle activity en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph15010115
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2739395


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