The Profile of Infant Carrying-induced Musculoskeletal Fatigue in Hong Kong Females



  • Kui LU (陸葵) Hong Kong Baptist University, HONG KONG (香港浸會大學)
  • Lobo H. LOUIE (雷雄德) Hong Kong Baptist University, HONG KONG (香港浸會大學)
  • Mee Lee LEUNG (梁美莉) Hong Kong Baptist University, HONG KONG (香港浸會大學)



LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in English; abstract also in Chinese.

A survey was conducted to investigate the profile of selection of infant-carrying methods and the prevalence of related muscle fatigue at different parts of body and its intensity in Hong Kong females. 266 mothers were interviewed. 93 mothers reported that they had carried their infants outside home in the period of seven days prior to the survey. 85 mothers carried their infants in front of their chest (Chest_C) while 8 mothers carried their infants at the back (Back_C). It seemed that mothers generally used Chest_C method when their infants were light and with small body size. When infants became heavier and bigger, infant carrying by mothers was less frequent and the method of Back_C instead of Chest_C was used. It was also noted that although the occurrences of severe muscle fatigue at shoulder and low back were reported in Chest_C and Back_C groups, the low back fatigue intensity in Back_C group was likely to be less than that in Chest_C group. Such findings implied that Chest_C method might possess higher risk of musculo-skeletal disorders by comparing with Back_C method. Further study for investigating the physical stress on low back muscles elicited from Back_C and Chest_C infant carry methods is suggested.



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LU, K., LOUIE, L. H., & LEUNG, M. L. (2004). The Profile of Infant Carrying-induced Musculoskeletal Fatigue in Hong Kong Females: 香港婦女揹嬰兒所引致肌肉疲勞的調查報告. Asian Journal of Physical Education &Amp; Recreation, 10(2), 45–49.