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The influence of height-adjustable standing desks on computer- related musculoskeletal complaints and student perspective in physical therapist education program students

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Ayse Ozcan Edeer and Karl Rusch
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Physical Sciences and Engineering
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Purpose: This study aims to investigate the effects of standing desks use on musculoskeletal complaints and student perspective within the classroom in a physical therapist education program students. Method: Twenty two students (10 male, 12 female) aged27.9 years (± 6.4) participated the study. The participants completed an online questionnaire consisting of demographic questions. An online version of the Boston University Computer and Health Survey was used to assess participants’ musculoskeletal complaints before and after standing desk use. The Likeness and Willingness Survey was used to assess students’ perspective after standing desk use. Results: Eighty-two percent of the participants described pain during and after working on a computer before the trimester started, while 90% of them reported pain after the trimester semester ended. The most common areas of pain/discomfort areas were the neck and low back. 72% of the participants stated that they extremely and moderately liked the standing desk. Seventy-two percent of the participants stated that the standing desk helped them to stay alert and focused during the classes. Conclusion: Although there were no statistical comparisons regarding musculoskeletal discomfort before and after standing desk use, musculoskeletal complaints were evident among physical therapist education students after computer use in a static position. Regarding the student perspective there was an overall agreement that standing desks are beneficial for alertness, focus, concentration and fatigue

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