Many daily occupational tasks in the construction, utilities, and mining industries involve frequent and prolonged kneeling. Meanwhile, the cost of medical treatment, insurance claims, and interventions for knee-related injuries continue to increase. How much protection do knee pads and kneeling mats actually provide? How much kneeling is too much? How to reduce injuries and medical costs due to kneeling? CARGI is currently undertaking projects that address these specific questions, identifying the mechanisms that occur during prolonged kneeling and following kneeling (recovery), to provide work-rest cycle recommendations that minimize injury.
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