Heart Rate Variability Response in Children Working at Height

  • Apiruck Wonghempoom Human Factors in Engineering and Ergonomics Medical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand, School of Science, Division of Science and Technology in Sports, University of Phayao, Phayao 56000, Thailand
  • Pagamas Piriyaprasarth Faculty of Physical Therapy, Mahidol University, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand
  • Naris Charoenporn Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
  • Karan Pongpanit Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
  • Patcharee Kooncumchoo Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Keywords: Heart rate variability (HRV), Children, Work at height

Abstract

Working at height is a hazardous condition for children. Their lack of maturity in making decisions, in various situations, creates anxiety and stress. Stress from fear of falling from height requires special attention when working. A simulation of light workload tasks at 1 to 10-meters height was conducted in boys with (n=30) and without (n=30) experience. Psychophysiological responses were investigated with heart rate variability (HRV) measurement. The result showed that the time domain of the HRV between groups indicated similar responses in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) at each height. However, ANS activities increased along height levels. The mental stress as a result of the working at height affected sympathetic predominate and lower parasympathetic activity. Conversely, the experience of the working at height influenced heart rate control.

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Published
2020-09-21
How to Cite
Wonghempoom, A., Piriyaprasarth, P., Charoenporn, N., Pongpanit, K., & Kooncumchoo, P. (2020). Heart Rate Variability Response in Children Working at Height. Science & Technology Asia, 25(3), 29-37. Retrieved from https://ph02.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SciTechAsia/article/view/220276