Accommodation and Occupational Safety for Pregnant Military Personnel
Final rept. Sep 96-Oct 98
SYTRONICS INC DAYTON OH
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The rising number of pregnant military women created a need for research regarding the occupational limits imposed by changes in pregnant womens body size and shape. Previously, no significant data collections have provided 3-D anthropometric information on shape changes during pregnancy. To address these changes and their potential effects, this pilot study was undertaken to collect traditional anthropometric and whole body 3-D data on a sample population of pregnant military women. Data were collected on 25 pregnant women 15 completed all data collection sessions throughout the pregnancy term. Six 6 data collection sessions were scheduled per subject over a period of 40 weeks in order to capture as much size and shape change information as possible. Traditional anthropometric data provide the size information with summary statistics in table format. A trend analysis was performed on each traditional measurement using Repeated Measures Generalized linear Model GLM analysis to determine which dimensions changed significantly during the course of pregnancy. The 3-D scan data contain shape, contour, curvature, surface area, and volume information and for the first time, allows tracking of body shape changes. This tracking was done visually using Radial Difference Mapping and statistically, through Euclidean Distance Matrix Analysis EDMA.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations