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"Sport Medicine Journal" No.35 - 2013
ARTICLE – abstract

Work related musculoskeletal disorders among administrators in a Nigerian university

Ojoawo Adesola O1, Oni Michael1, Popoola  O2
1Department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Nigeria 2Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Nigeria


The aim of this study was to carry out a survey of musculoskeletal disorders (MSKDS) and its effect on daily activities of administrators in a Nigerian university.
Material and Method. Seventy eight (41 males and 37 females) administrators participated in this study. Respondent were selected by purposive sampling at different section of administrative department such as senate, division of student affairs, faculty offices and the university library. Modified questionnaire on pattern of musculoskeletal pain and injury among bankers was adopted for the study. Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.
Results.  Result shows that low back pain (48.5%) was the most common complaint among administrators, followed by bilateral knee (13.6%) and right hand (10.6%). These were followed by head pain (7.6%), left hand pain (7.6%), neck pain 6.1%), and pain in the interior body (6.1%). It was found that most of the causes of musculoskeletal injury were due to poor knowledge of practicing techniques (66.7%)   and inadequate space (69.6%). In addition, prolonged sitting (59.1%) is a major predisposing factor to MSKDS while other activity such as driving (1.5%), lifting (4.5%), standing (7.6%) and walking (9.1%) contributed the least among the causes of MSKDS. There was a significant association between nature of MSKDS and rate of recurrence but there was no significant association between MSKDS and years of experience.
Conclusion. It could be concluded from the study that the most prevalent musculoskeletal pain among administrator is low back pain due to prolong sitting but this does not affect the activities in office and the longer the pain the more tendency for its reoccurrence. 
Key words:

low back pain, neck pain, administrators, punctuality, musculoskeletal

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