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Muscle Strength

1st Edition

Edited by Shrawan Kumar

CRC Press

538 pages | 137 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415369534
pub: 2004-04-27

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Muscle strength is an important topic for ergonomics practitioners and physiologists to understand, especially as it relates to workplace injuries. Muscle strength and function is at the heart of many injuries that lead to reduced productivity and economic strain on the worker, the company, and society as a whole.

This comprehensive source of information and data relating to muscle strength is the first to present such information in a single source. Muscle Strength explains the general determinants of muscle strength such as gender, age, and muscle type. It illustrates physical data in the context of theoretical background and examines the protocols, techniques, devices, and data used to record muscle strength in various parts of the body. This is followed by a discussion of overexertion, strength prediction, strength and endurance, torque and EMG relationship, and muscle fatigue. Finally, the material is applied to the use of muscle in jobs, to product design, and to studies of job accommodation and the effect of disability on strength.

Professionals in ergonomics, biomechanics, sports science, and physiology will find that this unique text provides insight and data on an important subject in their field.


"Kumar has complied a vast amount of information on muscle strength into one large volume. The book is of interest to basic scientists … human factors engineers, physical and occupational therapists … and practicing applied ergonomists … . [T]he most valuable information contained in these chapters for the experienced user is the wealth of normative data that cannot be found in a single source elsewhere."

- Ergonomics in Design, Summer 2005

"The book is nicely produced, with good clear illustrations. … [It] will have considerable appeal to those who are looking at issues of muscle force production in industry, the optimization of work stations, the prevention of workplace injuries, and the rehabilitation of older individuals."

- Canadian Journal of Applied Physiology

Table of Contents

Introduction and Terminology; S. Kumar

Physiology and Biochemistry of Strength Generation and Factors Limiting Strength Development in Skeletal Muscle; G.J. Bell And D.G. Syrotuik

Cardiac Effects of Strength Training; M. J. Haykowsky

Determinants of Muscle Strength; W. Herzog

The Ability to Persist in a Physical Task; B.R. Macintosh And A.N. Devrome

Measurement of Localized Muscle Fatigue in Biceps Brachii Using Objective and Subjective Measures; S. Kumar, T. Amell, Y. Narayan, And N. Prasad

Psychophysical Aspects of Muscle Strength; P.G. Dempsey

Isometric, Isoinertial, and Psychophysical Strength Testing: Devices and Protocols; S. Gallagher, J.S. Moore, And T.J. Stobbe

Isokinetic Strength Testing: Devices and Protocols; Z. Dvir

Hand Strength; M. Fagarasanu And S. Kumar

Grasp at Submaximal Strength; B.J. Kim And R.R. Bishu

Shoulder, Elbow, and Forearm Strength; T. Amell

Cervical Muscle Strength; R. Ferrari

Trunk and Lifting Strength; S. Kumar

Pushing and Pulling Strength; R.O. Andres

Design Applications of Strength Data; K.H.E. Kroemer

Electromyography and Muscle Force; C.M. Sommerich And W.S. Marras

Myoelectric Manifestations of Muscle Fatigue; R. Merletti, D. Farina, And A. Rainoldi

Physical Demands Analysis Methods: A Critique of Current Tools; T. Jones And S. Kumar

Job Accommodation; D.S. Bloswick And D. Hinckley

Strength and Disability; A.M. Koontz, F. Ambrosio, A.L. Souza, M.E. Buning, J. Arva, And R.A. Cooper

Gaps in Knowledge and Future of the Field; S. Kumar


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety