Safe Lifting Posture
Media: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
Client: Professor Michael Corrin
Professor, Dr. David Frost, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
Audience: Lecture slide for undergraduate kinesiology students
Outcomes: familiarizing with the anatomy of the lumbar spine in different postures; Practising the rendering skills in Adobe Illustrator
Description: I created a conceptual illustration that tackles the topic provided by our content expert: David Frost.
My teammate for this assignment: Shirley Long
A common misconception about safe lifting is that the trunk must be upright. However, it is more critical that the spine remains neutral (i.e., not flexed), regardless of trunk orientation. This illustration depicts the lumbar anatomy and forces of muscle and passive tissue involved in lifting with a neutral versus flexed spine. It was created as part of an assignment where the main goal was to design an illustration appropriate for projection in a lecture presentation that would help presenter explain a clinically relevant topic in human biomechanics. A sub-goal of the project was to render the final imagery using a vector graphics application and employ a cel-shaded rendering style.