Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics Laboratory
Consequent to the changes in life styles, nutrition, activity levels and ethnic composition of populations, alterations are taking place in body structure and functions. Kinanthropometry is the study of human body size, shape and form and how those characteristics relate to human movement and sporting performance (ISAK). Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance (IEA). The research mainly focuses on the assessment and importance of physical fitness, growth and development, nutrition, sports science, muscle strength, role of anthropometry in designing of various products and equipments, work performance and stress, work postures, occupational health hazards, etc.
The laboratory is well equipped with various equipments like Stadiometer, Bicycle ergometer, Treadmill, Elliptical cross trainer, Ergonomic Table, Infantometer, Hand Grip Dynamometer, Harpenden Skinfold caliper, Wooden stools especially designed for taking Rapid Fitness Index (RFI) in males and females. The laboratory has produced number of eminent scholars who have worked and contributed in the field and are presently working in various Universities of India and abroad as faculty members, premiere organizations like Sports Authority of India, NGO's, Public health organizations etc.
The laboratory of Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics has facility for teaching, advanced scientific research and provides trained manpower for nation building in the field of Anthropology while integrating the principles from the fields of Kinanthropometry and Ergonomics. http://www.anthro.du.ac.in/kinan.html