Effectiveness of onsite fitness programme among ...

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Effectiveness of onsite fitness programme among information technology professionals in prevention of work related musculoskelet
Author:Mathankumar MOHANDOSS (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Deepak SHARAN (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Jerrish A JOSE (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Rameshkumar RANGANATHAN (RECOUP Neuromusculoskeletal Rehabilitation Centre, India)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: Interactive poster session     Session: Posters

Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSD) are common in computer users. Ergonomic risk factors (i.e. lack of breaks, static loading) and psychosocial risk factors (i.e. stress) are considered to be the commonest risk factors for WRMSD among information technology (IT) Professionals. An Onsite Fitness Programme was developed at an IT company considering three factors (lack of breaks, static loading and stress) that may be associated with the development and exacerbation of WRMSD. This fitness programme was designed to help IT professionals to relax through some exercises which in turn may prevent the development and exacerbation of WRMSD. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the onsite fitness programme in preventing WRMSD and to know the level of satisfaction, productivity and fitness of the clients. Methodology: An experimental study was conducted among 100 consecutive IT professionals. Outcome measures included a self evaluation questionnaire which measured the samples subjective view about satisfaction, productivity and fitness level following the fitness programme and was taken before and after intervention. Statistical analysis was done. Results: According to the self evaluation questionnaire 95% people were satisfied with the fitness programme.