Date of Defense

Fall 12-13-1995


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Mary Ann Bush, Occupational Therapy

Second Advisor

Shirley Lukens, Occupational Therapy


spine, body movement


The purpose of this study was to compare standing and sitting patterns of males and females of specified age groups. Three males and three females were classified into each age group (20-29, 30-39, 40-49). Fitted with reflective Velcro straps, the participants' sitting and standing patterns were recorded by an infrared camera. Liftrack 2-d Software analyzed and interpreted joint angles, joint torques and back compression (from the fifth lumbar vertebra to the first sacral vertebra) data. The statistical means for each participant sample reveal differences between genders and identified age groups. Further research is required to determine the significance of these reported differences.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only