Sunday, January 20, 2008

Ergonomic Nightmare of the Week: Bleachers and Stadium Seating

Ergonomic stadium seat needed ...

"If you’ve ever been a spectator at a sporting event, I probably don’t have to convince you that bleachers are an ergonomic nightmare. A couple hours of sitting on cold hard metal with absolutely no back support make you go home feeling like you played in the game yourself. As a result, the low back pain associated with sitting on unsupported benches for prolonged periods is sometimes called “bleacher back.”

Bleacher design causes most people to hunch over in an unnatural position that is bad for the back. Hunching forward causes the lower back to curve outward into a kyphotic shape. This is generally regarded as an unhealthy posture leading to back pain.

Portable stadium seats and cushions are the common remedy for uncomfortable stadium sitting. Here is one I found that looks and works totally differently than the ones I have seen before. Instead of being an extra bulky thing you have to carry to the game, the Nada Chair is small and doubles as a pack for holding drinks, snacks, and binoculars."    (Continued via The Ergonomenon)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Bleachers - Ergonomics

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