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Application of Ergonomics to the Legs

Most of the ergonomics literature dealing with the prevention and control of musculoskeletal disorders

in the workplace has focused on the upper extremity and the back. Comparatively, little attention has

been given to lower extremity musculoskeletal disorders that occur in the workplace. One could argue

that since lower extremity problems are not well documented in ergonomics journals, the problems

may not be of much practical significance. The first objective of this chapter is to review the current lit-

erature regarding occupational musculoskeletal disorders affecting the lower extremities and to demon-

strate the significance of the problem. The second objective is to describe what types of intervention

strategies are available to minimize the likelihood of future or recurrent injuries to the feet, angles,

knees, and hips.