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Kinesiology 1088A/B
Bob Larose

Ergonomics: Study of how to make everyday life safe Ergonomics is the application of principles derived from biomechanics, physiology, psychology, neuroscience to work and most everyday activities in order to promote productivity and safety. Ergonomics is a science concerned with the “fit” between people and their work (in our case everyday activites/ lines). It takes account of the person’s/worker’s capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each worker/ person The science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace/ living environment to fit the person/ worker Two main branches: 1. Physical  How our body works to be most effective  Concerns biomechanics (mechanics of the body) and physiology (how the body functions  Ex. Find a seat in race car allowing to accelerate quickest  Must tailor task to equipment to environment 2. Cognitive  How you think  How your brain thinks and idea is to optimize how you think and form you to be more streamlined  Ex. Train nurses to be ready for whom may fall in a nursing home so they can be ready and plan around a patient potentially falling. Both have to do with fitting the environment Ergonomic Tools: Tools that can make a sport or activity run more smoothly  SHERPA is an example of one of these tools  Gives strategies to avoid errors from happening 9 S
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