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In PloS one ; h5-index 176.0

The objective of this study was to accurately predict the grip strength using a deep learning-based method (e.g., multi-layer perceptron [MLP] regression). The maximal grip strength with varying postures (upper arm, forearm, and lower body) of 164 young adults (100 males and 64 females) were collected. The data set was divided into a training set (90% of data) and a test set (10% of data). Different combinations of variables including demographic and anthropometric information of individual participants and postures was tested and compared to find the most predictive model. The MLP regression and 3 different polynomial regressions (linear, quadratic, and cubic) were conducted and the performance of regression was compared. The results showed that including all variables showed better performance than other combinations of variables. In general, MLP regression showed higher performance than polynomial regressions. Especially, MLP regression considering all variables achieved the highest performance of grip strength prediction (RMSE = 69.01N, R = 0.88, ICC = 0.92). This deep learning-based regression (MLP) would be useful to predict on-site- and individual-specific grip strength in the workspace to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders in the upper extremity.

Hwang Jaejin, Lee Jinwon, Lee Kyung-Sun

2021