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Evaluation of Glove Designs Applying Change in Hand Length Dimensions by Hand Motion
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Evaluation of Glove Designs Applying Change in Hand Length Dimensions by Hand Motion
Kwon, O-Chae; Sun, Mee-Sun; Jung, Ki-Hyo; Lee, Min-Jeong; Yeon, Soo-Min; You, Hee-Cheon; Kim, Hee-Eun;
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Use of a glove made of materials with a low elasticity decreases the performance of the hand such as agility, dexterity, range of motion, and grip strength. The present study examined if the adverse effects of a low-elastic glove can be reduced by a design which accommodates the changes of hand surface lengths by hand motion. Two glove designs which provide patches of elastic cloth and pleats at the finger joints and knuckle were developed by considering the hand surface length changes, and then compared with two conditions(bare hand and conventional glove design that does not consider the dynamic characteristics of the hand dimensions) in terms of completion time in peg board insertion task, maximum grip strength, discomfort in hand motion, discomfort in force exertion, and overall discomfort by 24 right-handed participants. The test results confirmed that wearing of a glove significantly reduced the agility and grip strength capability of the hand and indicated that the novel designs were effective to lessen the performance decreases compared to the conventional design. Also, of the glove designs, the pleat glove design was found most preferred for both better hand performance and less subjective discomfort.
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