Effectiveness of Stretch and Flex Programs in Preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Construction

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CONFERENCE: Symposium Of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

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Rajendran, Sathyanarayanan
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Objectives: The major objective of this study was to identify the perceptions of construction workers on the effectiveness of stretching programs in preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The study’s objective was also to report the current trends of stretching practices. Methods: A quantitative research approach was adopted for the study. This involved the development and distribution of a short questionnaire as the survey mechanism. Participants: 315 construction workers from five construction projects and five construction firms from the western United States participated in this study. Results: The majority of the workers (97.7 percent) perceived that the Stretch and Flex (SF) program helped prevent WMSDs. Nearly 95 percent of the participants performed SF daily. Participants reported several other perceived benefits of the SF program. Conclusions: There is a common perception among the construction workers who participated in the study, that stretching exercises will prevent WMSDs. Empirical research is recommended to examine why workers perceive that the SF program helps prevent WMSDs.