NCBI ROFL: Just in time for the snowpocalypse: a scientific analysis of snow shoveling!

By ncbi rofl | December 30, 2010 7:00 pm

The effect of technique and shaft configuration in snow shoveling on physiologic, kinematic, kinetic and productivity variables.

“A repeated measures 2 x 2 factorial design using a psychophysical experimental methodology was performed to quantify the effect of shaft design (straight and bent shaft) and shoveling technique (forward and backward progression) on heart rate, perceived exertion, productivity, trunk kinematics and load kinetics. Ten male subjects performed four 8-min trials of snow shoveling on a paved asphalt surface. The most notable finding was significantly less trunk flexion with the bent shaft (41.4 degrees ) than with the straight shaft design (49.2 degrees ). The study results led to a recommendation of a bent-shaft shovel for the purpose of reducing trunk flexion. In the absence of any strong positive evidence and due to poor subjective response to backward progression while shoveling, this technique was not recommended”

Photo: flickr/digital_image_fan

Related content:
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No…it’s silly research!
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: I scream! You scream! We all scream…from ice-cream headaches.
Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Impact of wet underwear on thermoregulatory responses and thermal comfort in the cold.

WTF is NCBI ROFL? Read our FAQ!

  • Matt B.

    All right, men with straight shafts on the left, men with bent shafts on the right. We want you guys to use your shafts in a forward and backward progression for 8 minutes (if you can last that long), while we measure your heart rate and ‘load’ kinetics.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!


Quirky, funny, and surprising science news from the edge of the known universe.

About ncbi rofl

NCBI ROFL is the brainchild of two Molecular and Cell Biology graduate students at UC Berkeley and features real research articles from the PubMed database (which is housed by the National Center for Biotechnology information, aka NCBI) that they find amusing (ROFL is a commonly-used internet acronym for "rolling on the floor, laughing"). Follow us on twitter: @ncbirofl


See More

Collapse bottom bar