Video gaming and its implications on the epidemiology of office work related upper limb disorders

Yap, Shao-Sean, and Paul, Gunther (2017) Video gaming and its implications on the epidemiology of office work related upper limb disorders. In: Goossens, R.H.M., (ed.) Advances in Social and Occupational Ergonomics. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 487 (487). Springer, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 201-213.

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Work-related upper limb disorders (WRULD) is noted in instances of excessive video gaming. This research aims to identify the plausibility of video gaming as a confounding factor in WRULD epidemiology. A questionnaire was deployed to 327 participants to measure gaming behaviour and pain on a dichotomous scale. 2x2 Pearson Chi-square cross tabulation was utilised for statistical analysis of all pain-related variables. Analyses indicated that gaming impacts on office-work pain in most circumstances, and must thus be considered a confounder. 66.36% of office-working participants play video games, and this number is expected to increase. 63.3% office-workers indicated ergonomically designed workplaces; 19.8% of video gamers indicated ergonomically designed gaming areas. Finally, 68.2% of video gaming office-workers indicated that they play video games for more than 3 hrs per day, without rest breaks or pauses. Preliminary findings indicate that further research is warranted for purposes of identifying the relationships in more detail.

Item ID: 48179
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-319-41688-5
Keywords: work related upper limb disorder, video gaming, OHS, tenosynovitis, working strain
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Proceedings of the AHFE 2016 International Conference on Social and Occupational Ergonomics, July 27-31, 2016, Walt Disney World, Florida, USA

Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 01:00
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350505 Occupational and workplace health and safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920504 Occupational Health @ 100%
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