Miriam Mattison

Contact details

Email: m.mattison@ru.ac.za  

‌Phone: +27 (0)46 603 8468

Department of Human Kinetics and Ergonomics
Rhodes University                                                                            

P.O. Box 94, 6140 Makhanda, South Africa

 

Biography

Miriam Mattison began in 1996 with her undergraduate studies in what was then still known as the Human Movement Studies Department here at Rhodes. In 1999 she completed her BSc degree with Human Kinetics and Ergonomics as one of her majors, followed by an Honours degree in the same department the following year.

After spending two years in the ‘working world,’ she returned to Rhodes University to complete a Master’s degree in Ergonomics in 2004. In her MSc thesis, she investigated the effectiveness of an ergonomics intervention by employing a combination of field and laboratory research. For this project, she subsequently also won the K.U.Smith Student Paper Award presented by the International Ergonomics Association. Since then, Miriam has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education and is currently working on her PhD.

In 2006 she joined the HKE cohort as a staff member and is currently employed as a Lecturer in the HKE department, and is currently responsible for teaching the Functional Anatomy courses at an undergraduate level and Ergonomics Assessment at an Honours level. Furthermore, she coordinates the Ergonomics Short Course series for practitioners who have to perform ergonomics activities as part of their jobs. Her research interests lie in the field of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and the implementation of ergonomics programmes in South Africa.

 

Papers published in refereed journals

King, J. & Mattison, M.C. (under review). The effects of intermittent task parameters on localized muscle fatigue development during submaximal dynamic exertions. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, X, xxx-xx.

King, J. & Mattison, M.C. (2017). An Exploration of the Effects of Cycle Time and Force Variations on Muscle Fatigue during Submaximal Intermittent Isometric Exertions. Ergonomics SA, 29(1): 36-54.

Ross, N.A. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). Comparing fatigue responses between healthy individuals and asymptomatic low back pain sufferers - implications for return-to-work: a pilot study. Ergonomics SA, 28(2), 2-18.

Hopley, B. and Mattison, M. (2013). The effects of posture and cognitive information processing from different sensory modalities on perceived musculoskeletal discomfort and work performance. Ergonomics SA, 25(2), 12-21.

Lee, L. and Mattison, M. (2012). The effects of task familiarity on performance and strain during a self-paced lifting and lowering task. Ergonomics SA, 24(2), 31-43.

 

 

Papers published in conference proceedings

King, J. & Mattison, M. (2019). The effects of intermittent task parameters during submaximal dynamic exertions on muscle fatigue development. Proceedings of the 4th African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation Safety / 14th Ergonomics Society of South Africa Conference. Durban, South Africa, 27-29 August 2019 (ISBN: 978-0-620-83712-5).

Mattison, M. & Zschernack, S. (2019). An investigation into the effects of muscle force and muscle length on the development of localized muscle fatigue. Proceedings of the 4th African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation Safety / 14th Ergonomics Society of South Africa Conference. Durban, South Africa, 27-29 August 2019 (ISBN: 978-0-620-83712-5).

Smuts, C. & Mattison, M. (2019). Does knowledge of load influence physical preparedness for a manual materials handling task? Proceedings of the 4th African Symposium on Human Factors and Aviation Safety / 14th Ergonomics Society of South Africa Conference. Durban, South Africa, 27-29 August 2019 (ISBN: 978-0-620-83712-5).

King, J.A. & Mattison, M.C. (2017). The Effects of Intermittent Task Parameters during Submaximal Dynamic Exertions on Muscle Fatigue Development. Proceedings of the 13th Ergonomics of Society of South Africa Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13-15 September, 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-620-75387-6).

Koekemoer, W. and Mattison, M.C. (2017). A Pilot Investigation into the Force-EMG Relationship during Isometric, Concentric and Eccentric Muscle Exertions. Proceedings of the 13th Ergonomics of Society of South Africa Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13-15 September, 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-620-75387-6).

Mattison M.C. & Zschernack, S. (2017). An Investigation into Different Force Normalization Procedures for Static (Isometric) and Dynamic (Isotonic) Muscle Exertions. Proceedings of the 13th Ergonomics of Society of South Africa Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13-15 September, 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-620-75387-6).

Searle, H.S., Mattison, M.C. & Todd, A. (2017). The Value of Stakeholder Analysis and Social Network Weaving for Ergonomics in Developing Countries. Proceedings of the 13th Ergonomics of Society of South Africa Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa, 13-15 September, 2017 (ISBN: 978-0-620-75387-6).

King, J.A. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). An exploration of the effects of cycle time and force variations on muscle fatigue during submaximal intermittent isometric exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Nel, C., Goebel, M. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). Differences in muscle fatigue responses between static, dynamic and quasi-static exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Patterson, L. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). A comparison of muscular fatigue responses in continuous submaximal static and dynamic exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Ross, N.A., Mattison, M.C. & Todd, A.I. (2016). An investigation into the interaction effects of concurrent physical and cognitive task execution on performance, movement quality and perceptual responses. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Mattison, M.C. & Bassey-Duke, E.M. (2015). The importance of combined field and laboratory research for effective ergonomics interventions – an example from the citrus industry in South Africa. Proceedings of the 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA2015). Melbourne, Australia, 9-14 August 2015.

Göbel, M., Mattison, M.C. and Ngcamu, N.S. (2011). Organization of large-scale ergonomics risk assessments in industry – practical challenges, experiences and lessons learnt. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management. Grahamstown, 4-6 April 2011, I-461 – I-466.

Köhne, J. and Mattison, M.C. (2011). The effects of self-selected rest breaks under two work-scheduling systems on physiological and perceptual responses. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management. Grahamstown, 4-6 April 2011, I-327 - I-332.

Korte, J. and Mattison, M.C. (2011). The effects of different cognitive workloads on perceptions of muscular discomfort. Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organizational Design and Management. Grahamstown, 4-6 April 2011, II-289 – II-294.

 

Papers presented at conferences:

King, J.A. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). An exploration of the effects of cycle time and force variations on muscle fatigue during submaximal intermittent isometric exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Nel, C., Goebel, M. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). Differences in muscle fatigue responses between static, dynamic and quasi-static exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Patterson, L. & Mattison, M.C. (2016). A comparison of muscular fatigue responses in continuous submaximal static and dynamic exertions. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Ross, N.A., Mattison, M.C. & Todd, A.I. (2016). An investigation into the interaction effects of concurrent physical and cognitive task execution on performance, movement quality and perceptual responses. Proceedings of the 12th Conference of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa, 29-30 August 2016 (ISBN: 978-0-620-72607-8).

Bassey-Duke, E.M. & Mattison, M.C. (2014). A Comparison of the Standard Citrus Harvesting Bag to Two Newly Designed Harvesting Bags: Productivity, RPE and Worker Acceptance. Oral presentation at the 6th Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference. Grahamstown, South Africa, 8-10 October 2014.

Parsons, S. & Mattison, M.C. (2014). A comparative study assessing the anthropometric and physiological profiles of senior male Eastern Cape rowers (sub-elite) and the South African senior male rowers (elite). Oral Presentation at the Life Through Movement International Conference (LTMIC2014). Cape Town, South Africa, 10-13 September 2014.

Ross, N.A. & Mattison, M.C. (2014). An investigation into the interaction effects of concurrent physical and cognitive task execution on human responses. Oral Presentation at the 6th Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference. Grahamstown, South Africa, 8-10 October 2014.

Ross, N. & Mattison, M.C. (2013). Comparing healthy individuals and asymptomatic low back pain sufferers - Implications for Return-to-Work: A pilot study. Oral presentation held at the Eight International Conference on Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Busan, Korea, 8-11 July 2013.

Mattison, M. (2012). Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Workplace – Theories and Risk Factors. Oral presentation held at the 5th Clinical Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference. Cape Town, 24-26 October 2012.

 

Workshops Presentations & Guest Lectures

Mattison, M.C. (2018). Evaluating and controlling human hazards in the workplace. Guest lecture for the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Heath, University of Cape Town, 15 March 2018.

Mattison, M.C. (2018). Practical approach to ergonomic risk assessment. Guest lecture for the Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Heath, University of Cape Town, 15 March 2018.

Mattison, M.C. (2017). A Practical Approach to Ergonomics Risk Assessment. Ergonomics Workshop held by the Department of Labour, NHLS, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 January 2017.

Mattison, M.C. (2017). Overview of Ergonomics and Benefits of Ergonomics. Ergonomics Workshop held by the Department of Labour, NHLS, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 February 2016.

Mattison, M.C. (2017). Practical approach to ergonomics risk assessment and selection of controls. Ergonomics Workshop held by the Department of Labour, NHLS, Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 February 2016.

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