Isometric forces transmitted by the digits: data collection using a standardized protocol

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


Data collection on isometric forces exerted by means of the digits, is a virtually untapped research area. However, such data would prove particularly useful in areas such as hand-tool and control design, and also in medical evaluation. A standardized protocol is necessary if a sound, useful data base is to be built. This study developed such a protocol and data were collected using the defined protocol.

The study also showed that occupational level (defined by tools and controls used) and gender both had significant effects on certain strength exertions of the digits. Therefore the appropriate data must be collected, depending on the intended use and user population. Regression equations were produced which predicted the strength exertions using anthropometric measurements which are commonly available. Although some particular exertions were not well predicted, the potential of prediction was verified.