Musculoskeletal disorders are a major health problem, and nursing staff are often seen as a risk group.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of a weekly exercise program among nursing staff on musculoskeletal symptoms and to study the relation to changes in physical capacity.
A total of 106 nurses and nursing aides from four geriatric wards were invited to participate ; 86 accepted.
A cross-over design was used.
The staff from two wards were assigned to an exercise period and the staff from the other wards to a control period for the first intervention period.
After a wash-out period, the intervention changed.
For the exercise periods the staff were invited to participate in an exercise program twice a week for 8 weeks.
In total 50 subjects participated more than 8 times regularly during the exercise periods (participants=>8 times regular participation, nonparticipants=<8).
During the control periods 78 subjects attended without intervention.
Assessments were made with a standardized questionnaire for analysis of musculoskeletal and psychosomatic symptoms, testing of muscle strength in m. quadriceps with a Cybex dynamometer, and testing of cardiovascular capacity with a Dynavite computerized exercise bicycle before and after the exercise periods.
The muscle strength in m. quadriceps increased more during the exercise periods compared with the control periods, explained primarily by the subgroup of nonregular exercisers and those = 40 years of age. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Homme, Personnel sanitaire, Infirmier, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Programme thérapeutique, Réadaptation physique, Evaluation performance, Capacité fonctionnelle, Symptomatologie, Muscle strié pathologie, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Réhabilitation, Aide soignant
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Human, Health staff, Nurse, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Therapeutic schedule, Physical rehabilitation, Performance evaluation, Functional capacity, Symptomatology, Striated muscle disease, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Rehabilitation
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0364376
Code Inist : 002B26H. Création : 10/04/1997.