A novel device for evaluating forces during the dynamic jar opening action: do older and younger adults do things differently?

Bruce Carse, Avril Thomson, Ben Stansfield

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Package opening tasks have been identified as some of the most challenging that individuals need to perform to access food. There is little previous study of the 3D hand loading that is required to open these products. A novel load measuring device was used to characterise torque, squeeze and compression forces during the dynamic action of jar opening for young and older adults.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-525
Number of pages5
JournalMedical Engineering and Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2011



  • older adults
  • physiotherapy
  • medical devices
  • consumer packaging

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