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LAPTOP USE AND UPPER EXTREMITIES MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS AMONG FACULTY OF BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS, UNIVERSITI SELANGOR
Mohd Amir Arshad, Mohd Zubairy Shamsudin, Mohd Jamalil Azam Mustafa

Last modified: 2017-01-02

Abstract


Background: In recent years, laptop were very popular among university students for the purpose of education. However, due to it physical characteristics, users may find difficulties in maintaining a good posture especially after prolonged used. This circumstance can lead to awkward posture that eventually cause musculoskeletal discomforts.

Objective: To determine ergonomic practices and musculoskeletal related problems among university students when using a laptop.

Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted among (n=240) respondents from June to October 2015 in Faculty of Biomedical and Health Sciences, Universiti Selangor. Inclusion and exclusion criteria’s have been setup for sampling of the respondents. Self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection.

Results: Results showed that there were significant association between practices on the shoulder, elbow, wrist and upper back discomfort of the body. Lower back (59.6%) is the highest discomfort complaint by the respondents follow by neck (55.4%) and shoulder (45.8%).

Conclusion: Laptop has not been design for prolong use that might lead to musculoskeletal discomfort among users. However, with proper guide in ergonomic education and practices, the magnitude of the problems can be minimize effectively.


Keywords


Laptop; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal Disorders; Discomfort

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