Ergonomics is an important concept in public health, especially when dealing with issues relating the environment or occupational health. Ergonomics is a broad scientific discipline that is concerned with the understanding of the interactions between people and other elements of a system. The goal of ergonomics is to optimize wellness as well as the overall performance of the system itself. As an applied science, ergonomics is concerned with the design of workplaces, tasks and work tools that fits the anatomical, psychological and physiological capabilities and characteristics of the worker.
The goal of ergonomics is to optimize wellness as well as the overall performance of the system itself. As an applied science, ergonomics is concerned with the design of workplaces, tasks and work tools that fits the anatomical, psychological and physiological capabilities and characteristics of the worker.
The central focus of Ergonomics involves the scientific application of human data in the design and development of the work environment. The purpose of workplace ergonomics is to increase the comfort, safety and efficiency of workers by matching the environment to them and not the other way around. This is important because ergonomics helps eliminate unfavorable working postures, excessive work demands, psychological factors detrimental to work and increase the health and well-being of personnel. Effective ergonomic products and practices can increase productivity by reducing the time taken to complete daily task or routines as well as reducing instances of absenteeism and loss man hours due to work-related injury or illness. The effective implementation of ergonomics has been shown to increase productivity and profitability in the long run.
What is Cycle Ergo?
Cycle Ergo is a word derived from motorcycle ergonomics, it is a computerized program that factors in the dimensions of the body of an individual based on the model of motorcycle selected to graphically present how the body will be positioned on a motorcycle or scooter. This allows for further adjustments such as change in the bar position or alignment of the seat to ensure it fits perfectly. Features in cycle ergo also facilitate the comparison of two or more motorcycles simultaneously so that the best motorcycle will be selected based on available alternatives.
Cycle Ergo and Cycle Ergometer
Cycle ergo must not be confused with cycle ergometer. The latter refers to a fixed cycling machine that is deployed for fitness testing and exercise. A cycle ergometer estimate the intensity of an exercise from the number of rounds per minutes (rpm) and the adjusted resistance to pedaling set.
A study on the health benefits of cycle ergometer published in the European Review of Ageing and physical activity reported that, it has a positive effect on the improvement of metabolic activity, functional status, cognitive performance, muscle strength and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Importance of Cycle Ergo
- Cycle ergo fits the motorcycle or scooter to the individual rather than the other way round.
- It helps prevent musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic back pain from wrong positioning.
- Cycle ergo makes riding a motorcycle more comfortable and convenient
- Cycle ergo prevents the financial burden of chronic conditions associated with wrong positions common to motorcycle riders.