THE PREVALENCE OF MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN AMONG IT AND COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENTS

Dagnija Verze, Sintija Kārkliņa

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Abstract

Introduction: Although computers ease everyday life, the use of it is accompanied by risk factors, like, repetitive
movements, prolonged sitting in awkward and static postures, that can contribute to the occurrence of musculoskeletal
disorders. IT and computer science students may be at greater risk for the development of musculoskeletal symptoms
due to the intensive computer use that takes an essential part of their studies.
Aim: To assess the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among computer science and IT students.
Materials and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted using an anonymous online questionnaire. Analysis
of data was performed using the Microsoft Excel and SPSS version 20 programs.
Results: The highest prevalence of pain, which was associated with computer use was in the neck region 48% (N=72),
back 59% (N=89), where the frequency of pain in the lower back and upper back was respectively 35% and 42%.
According to the upper limb pain was reported by 59% (N=89), the most affected regions were the wrist and hands
(36,7%) and shoulders 31%. The least common reported body area of pain was lower extremities (15%).
Conclusion: Overall, 87,3% of students reported experiencing musculoskeletal pain in at least one body part
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University
Subtitle of host publicationPart A. Natural Sciences
EditorsIrēna Kokina
Place of PublicationDaugavpils
PublisherDaugavpils University
Pages45-49
ISBN (Print)978-9984-14-925-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventDaugavpils Universitātes 62. starptautiskā zinātniskā konference = the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University - Daugavpils, Latvia
Duration: 28 May 202029 May 2020
Conference number: 62

Conference

ConferenceDaugavpils Universitātes 62. starptautiskā zinātniskā konference = the 62nd International Scientific Conference of Daugavpils University
Country/TerritoryLatvia
CityDaugavpils
Period28/05/2029/05/20

Keywords

  • musculoskeletal pain
  • students
  • ergonomic factors
  • iT workers

Field of Science

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code

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