The Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day is February 29th.
As the only "non-repetitive day of the year, it's the ideal date to devote to raising
awareness of repetitive strain injuries. Unfortunately this year it's Thursday,
February 28th. However, it's the ideal date to devote to raising awareness of
repetitive strain injuries.
Also known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), repetitive strain injuries are
an umbrella term used to describe a family of painful disorders affecting
tendons, muscles, nerves and joints in the neck, upper and lower back, chest,
shoulders, arms and hands. Gripping, holding, bending, twisting, clenching, and
reaching - these ordinary movements that we naturally make every day are not
particularly harmful in the activities of our daily lives. What does make them
hazardous in work situations though, is the continual repetition of the
movements. Other contributing work factors may include awkward postures and
fixed body positions, excessive force concentrated on small parts of the body
such as the hand or wrist, a fast pace of work with insufficient breaks or
recovery time, and psychosocial factors such as stress.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety published some tips to
help identify and avoid the patterns that can lead to these injuries.
AplusA-online.de - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety