Author(s): Syazwan A, Azhar MM, Anita A, Azizan H, Shaharuddin M, , Syazwan A, Azhar MM, Anita A, Azizan H, Shaharuddin M, , Syazwan A, Azhar MM, Anita A, Azizan H, Shaharuddin M, , Syazwan A, Azhar MM, Anita A, Azizan H, Shaharuddin M,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate a multidisciplinary, interventional, ergonomic education program designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal problems by reducing schoolbag weight and correcting poor sitting posture. METHODS: Data were collected twice before and twice following intervention using the Standardized Nordic Body Map Questionnaire, a rapid upper limb assessment for posture evaluation, and schoolbag weight measurement in children aged 8 and 11 years attending two schools within the central region of Malaysia. RESULTS: Students who received the ergonomic intervention reported significant improvements in their sitting posture in a classroom environment and reduction of schoolbag weight as compared with the controls. CONCLUSION: A single-session, early intervention, group ergonomics education program for children aged 8 and 11 years is appropriate and effective, and should be considered as a strategy to reduce musculoskeletal pain among schoolchildren in this age group.
This article was published in J Pain Res
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access