Leg and Neck Muscle Fatigue: Physiological Mechanisms that

can Lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders | University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

October 23, 2019 | Presented By:  Bernard Martin, PhD, Dr Es Science

Webinar Details


During this webinar, learners will explore how prolonged, static, low-level muscle contractions can lead to long lasting, unperceived muscle fatigue. The likely responsible mechanisms that induce muscle fatigue in the lower leg muscles and neck muscle following prolonged standing or seated work will be presented. Interventions including work cycle, distribution of rest breaks, and muscle activities to disrupt monotonous and static working situations will be explored and contrasted to illustrate how fatigue may be reduced. 

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the multi faced aspects of muscle fatigue

  • Discuss the role of physiological mechanisms and muscle control in fatigue

  • Review intervention strategies to illustrate how fatigue may be reduced


Bernard Martin is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he teaches courses in Biomechanics, Man-machine interactions and Research methods in ergonomics. Dr. Martin is interested in human sensorimotor control systems and performs research in this area. His current areas of investigation include: (1) sensory and motor assessment of mild stroke patients for adaptation of rehabilitation procedures; (2) muscle fatigue in standing work; (3) upper trapezius myalgia and muscle fatigue; 4) contribution of cutaneous proprioception to posture control; (5) human vibration.

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