2018 AMI Online Salon

Safe Lifting Posture

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Yue Liu; Toronto, Ontario
  • Client: Faculty advisor: Michael Corrin, Content advisor: David Frost, UofT – Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
  • Copyright: © 2017 YUE LIU
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Illustrator CC
  • Final presentation format: Projection: RGB image with a 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Primary audience: undergraduate Kinesiology students

Project Description

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.