Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and are associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Intervention studies with physical exercise at the workplace have during recent years shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving workability in different occupational groups.

This course will provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.

Target group

  • PhD students
  • Researchers
  • Occupational health professionals

Main topics

The course will cover:

  • Work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Health consequences of inactivity and too much activity – the role of work and leisure.
  • Detailed walk-through of Danish intervention studies (9 randomized controlled trials) with physical exercise at the workplace effect- as well as process-evaluation - what worked for whom and why.
  • How to design your own workplace intervention with physical exercise – from standardized guidelines to practical challenges.
  • How the work environment, equipment/furnishing, and facilities can be adjusted, so it encourages daily exercise and more physical activity in passive work. Research on choice architecture to facilitate healthy choices (“nudging”) and how to use this knowledge in the working environment.
  • Discussions on how to develop work, organizations, the work environment, and working culture to create a healthy work-life that encourages physical exercise and reduced inactivity.
  • Hands-on – group work with participant involvement.

Background

Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and are associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Intervention studies with physical exercise at the workplace have during recent years shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving workability in different occupational groups. However, several factors are required for a successful implementation of physical exercise at the workplace. Another health challenge is that many jobs require people to be inactive for prolonged periods. Independent of physical exercise, being inactive or sitting for prolonged periods can compromise metabolic health. Thus, both 1) increasing physical exercise and 2) reducing sitting time are important targets for workplace interventions.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Aug 2020
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