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Development of methods to assess self-reach capability

In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, September 2015, pp. 1283-1287.

Authors: Monica L.H. Jones, K. Han Kim, Sheila Ebert, Matthew P. Reed

Body armor worn by soldiers adversely affects the performance of some physical tasks. These restrictions may also affect the ability to “self-reach” to locations on their own bodies or on their body borne gear. This paper describes the development of laboratory methods to quantify selfreach capability and the results of pilot testing. Participants rated the perceived difficulty of each self-reach motion on a 10-point scale. With data from a larger study population, logistic regression models could be developed to make predictions of the difficulty rating distribution for target populations.

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