ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlySparto Patrick J.; Parnianpour, Mohamad; Reinsel, Tom E.; Simon, SheldonJournal of Spinal Disorders: February 1998 - p 57-64 Buy Abstract Summary The evaluation of the effect of lifting belts on multijoint coordinated lifting performance has been limited. Thirteen subjects participated in two experiments: (a) fatiguing repetitive sagittal lifting and (b) asymmetric lifting. Both experiments were performed with and without the use of a common flexible lifting belt to determine the effect of belt use on the trunk and lower extremity motion and load sharing. During both tests, the use of the belt was observed to restrict the sagittal trunk range of motion and velocity, while the hip motion and velocity increased. Although one of the risk factors for acquisition of low back pain may be reduced while wearing the belt, the results also demonstrate a need for greater study of the consequences on the risk of injury to the other joints. More laboratory experiments and prospective epidemiological studies are needed before a conclusive recommendation could be made in favor of using the belt as a valid preventive measure. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.