Presentation Title

Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders among Early Childhood Educators at the KSC Child Development Center

Presenter Information

Megan BeaudryFollow

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

School

School of Professional and Graduate Studies

Discipline

Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences

Mentor

Yun Sun

Date & Time

April 9th at 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Location

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 163

Abstract

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent one of the most common and most expensive occupational health problems in the United States. They are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, etc.). The MSDs among early childhood educators could be high, given the fact that they frequently lift the children and work in awkward postures such as bending, twisting, stooping, and squatting. The purpose of this project is to survey the MSDs and potential ergonomic risk factors among early childhood educators at the KSC Child Development Center (CDC) through observational analysis, face-to-face interviews, and a questionnaire survey. Subsequently, the data will be analyzed and recommendations will be provided through a workshop conducted at the CDC with the goal of preventing MSDs. The findings from this project will be presented at the Academic Excellence Conference. Information regarding how to prevent MSDs in childcare settings will also be discussed.

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Apr 9th, 10:15 AM

Preventing Musculoskeletal Disorders among Early Childhood Educators at the KSC Child Development Center

David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 163

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent one of the most common and most expensive occupational health problems in the United States. They are injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, etc.). The MSDs among early childhood educators could be high, given the fact that they frequently lift the children and work in awkward postures such as bending, twisting, stooping, and squatting. The purpose of this project is to survey the MSDs and potential ergonomic risk factors among early childhood educators at the KSC Child Development Center (CDC) through observational analysis, face-to-face interviews, and a questionnaire survey. Subsequently, the data will be analyzed and recommendations will be provided through a workshop conducted at the CDC with the goal of preventing MSDs. The findings from this project will be presented at the Academic Excellence Conference. Information regarding how to prevent MSDs in childcare settings will also be discussed.