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12. Ergonomics and First Responders: Police officers and Donuts



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The combination of ergonomics, body mechanics in automobiles, and police officers is an area of research that is not addressed often.  Police officers, work 10-12 hours a day with an average of 7-10 hours working from their patrol vehicles.  The positioning in the vehicles due to job required equipment and prolong sitting causes alignment concerns, and pain and discomfort for many officers.  This research study used coccyx inflatable pillows to help stimulate postural muscles, help with spinal alignment, and decreasing pain and stiffness associated with prolonged sitting, in those that serve and protect their communities daily.  The results are favorable and encouraging to take the next step of designing an automobile device specifically designed for first responders - helping those that protect and serve their communities daily.  

Kim LeBard-Rankila - 
University of Wisconsin Superior



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