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Abstract

THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS AND ANTHROPOMETRIC INDICES IN PUBLIC VEHICLE DRIVERS

Introduction: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are very common amongst drivers. According to the previous studies, MSDs and back pain are two main causes of car accidents.

Objective: This study investigated the relationship between body dimensions of drivers and the form of this type of disorders.

Method: The sample included 95 bus drivers selected randomly. As instructed, the drivers described the levels of discomfort in different parts of their bodies, based on the BDC chart. In the meantime the dimensions of their bodies' were measured. Then, using the Spearman test, the associations between anthropometric dimensions and MSDs were investigated.

Result: The results showed that MSDs are related to the height, weight and age of drivers. In other words, the more weight and age, the more probability of MSDs; while the height of drivers showed the reverse association.

Conclusion: In conclusion, when recruiting, the younger, taller and healthy people should be selected to minimize the MSDs; and therefore, car crashes and accidents


Author(s): Nasrin Sadeghi, Ehsanollah Habibi, Seyed Ali Sajjadi

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