Computer Use, Workstation Design Training and Cumulative Trauma Disorders in College Students
Currently, very little is known about computer use in college students, associated Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) and musculoskeletal discomfort, or the impact and availability of proper workstation design education and training in this population. Given the expanding use of technology in university settings, it is important to determine how computer use may be causing pain and discomfort for college students, whether workstation education and training is being provided to this population, and whether such education, if provided, is effective. Five-hundred twelve college students completed a survey on health and computer usage. The most frequently reported disorders related to health were eyestrain affecting nearly 85% and, upper back and neck pain affecting 70% of computer users. Only 26.6% of the sample indicated receiving training on workstation design. Identifying college students at risk for CTDs and other musculoskeletal discomforts provides a prime opportunity for health education professionals to intervene at an early stage.