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Physical Exercise at the Workplace – from research to practice

23rd – 25th of May 2023
Online course

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About this course

Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and is associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence. Intervention studies with physical exercise at the workplace have during recent years shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving work ability in different occupational groups. However, several factors are required for a successful implementation of physical exercise at the workplace.

Course Summary

23rd – 25th of May 2023
Online Course
Online course
Deadline 3rd of May 2023
EUR 225
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Price information

The price of the course is EUR 225 and will be invoiced after the registration deadline.
It is possible to pay the course by invoice or credit card.

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to provide the participants with theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience on how to design, perform and evaluate workplace interventions for increased physical exercise and reduced sitting time for improved musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health.


Main topics

The course will cover:

  • Work-related risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders
  • Health consequences of inactivity and too much activity – the role of work and leisure
  • Detailed walk-through of Danish intervention studies (9 randomized controlled trials) with physical exercise at the workplace effect- as well as process-evaluation – what worked for whom and why
  • How to design your own workplace intervention with physical exercise – from standardized guidelines to practical challenges
  • How the work environment, equipment/furnishing and facilities can be adjusted, so it encourages to daily exercise and more physical activity in passive work. Research on choice architecture to facilitate healthy choices (“nudging”) and how to use this knowledge in the working environment
  • Discussions on how to develop work, organizations, the work environment, and working culture to create a healthy work life that encourages physical exercise and reduced inactivity
  • Hands-on – group work with participant involvement

Target groups

PhD students, researchers, occupational health professionals.


Subject background

Short description:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as back and neck-shoulder pain is a major problem in the working environment and is associated with reduced work ability and sickness absence.
  • Physical exercise at the workplace have shown promising results in preventing and reducing musculoskeletal pain and improving work ability in different occupational groups.
  • Several factors are required for a successful implementation of physical exercise at the workplace.
  • Important targets for workplace interventions are 1) specific physical exercise and 2) reducing sitting time.

Current research on work environment covers 1) epidemiological studies to investigate risk factors for sickness absence and disability pension 2) randomized controlled trials with physical exercise programs and participatory ergonomics to prevent and reduce back or neck pain and to improve work ability and wellbeing, 3) laboratory studies, combining several physiological measurement (EMG, EEG, pressure pain threshold, strength measurements, force plate measurements, 3D video analysis) to study responses to office work as well as heavy and fatiguing work.


General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. The course fee is invoiced after the registration deadline.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by May, 3rd 2023: full refund
Cancellations received by May, 4th 2023 or later: no refund

The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.


Contact person

Course leader

Lars L. Andersen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.
email: LLA@NRCWE.DK

In practical matter, please contact:

Project Manager & Quality Assurance Advisor
Cecilia Weckman
NIVA
email: cecilia.weckman@niva.org

Course leader

Lars L. Andersen

  • Professor, National Research Centre for the Working Environment; Adjunct Professor, Aalborg University, DK

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