Preferred seat orientation of senior high-school students

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Title Preferred seat orientation of senior high-school students
Author Tuttle, Neil Alan; Barrett, Rod; Gass, Libby
Journal Name Ergonomics
Editor Roger Halsam
Year Published 2007
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract The height of the front of the seat is the primary determinant of appropriate seat size in the school setting. In the present study this dimension was fixed at 445 mm and, using a brief adjustment period, students adjusted the angle of the seat to their preferred rear seat height (PRSH) under three fixed and one adjustable desk height conditions and for one desk height, under two time conditions. PRSH was significantly greater at an 800 mm desk height (454 ± 14 mm) compared to 735 mm (447 ± 15 mm) and 720 mm (444 ± 16 mm). When desk height as well as rear seat height were adjustable, PRSH was 446 ± 15 mm and preferred desk height 751 ± 25 mm. Taller students or those with larger popliteal heights selected lower PRSHs at all desk heights, with PRSH more strongly related to popliteal height (r = -0.54 to -0.59) than stature (r = -0.44 to -0.50). No differences were found in PRSH between short (< 5 min) and long (30 min) adjustment periods for the 735 mm desk height. The nearly horizontal seat positions found in this study were between those recommended by other authors.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 50
Issue Number 10
Page from 1603
Page to 1611
ISSN 0014-0139
Date Accessioned 2007-06-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Biomechanics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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