A comparison of methods used for measuring popliteal height

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Title A comparison of methods used for measuring popliteal height
Author Tuttle, Neil Alan
Journal Name Ergonomics Australia
Editor Dr. Shirleyann M. Gibbs
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc.
Abstract Popliteal height is the main anthropometric dimension used in school chair design and specification to determine appropriate seat height. Three methods of measuring popliteal height — anatomical, table (weight-bearing) and knee-crease methods were investigated in a sample of 10 university students measured twice by each of two observers. Inter- and intra-observer repeatability for each method was good with the exception of inter-observer repeatability for the knee-crease method which was poor. The knee-crease method was not considered repeatable enough for it to be of practical use. Popliteal height measurement obtained using the table method was significantly greater than the other two methods by between 63 and 89 mm (3.7% – 5.3%) of stature). In this small sample no variation was detected in the difference between the methods in relation to the size of the individual. Implications for specification of school chairs are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://www.ergonomics.org.au/resource_library/journal.aspx
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 The Authors. This is the author-manuscript version of this 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 18
Issue Number 1
Page from 14
Page to 18
ISSN 1033-1875
Date Accessioned 2005-03-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Biomechanics; PRE2009-Other Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/5520
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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