Posture and musculoskeletal implications for students using mobile phones because of learning at home policy

Bonardo Prayogo Hasiholan, Indri Hapsari Susilowati

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Abstract

There is an increasing trend of awkward postures due to smartphone use among students learning from home. Previous research in several countries has shown that the use of smartphones during a pandemic impacts musculoskeletal complaints. This study aimed to determine the postures performed by the students when using mobile phones and their implications for musculoskeletal complaints. A total of 709 students who learned from home voluntarily completed an online questionnaire regarding identity, work posture, and duration, while muscle and bone complaints experienced when using mobile phones were obtained through the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. Furthermore, a bivariate analysis of body postures was carried out to identify perceived complaints using the chi-square method. The results showed a significant relationship between standing and leaning on a table posture (p-value: 0.026) with elbow, knee, and ankle complaints.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDigital Health
Volume8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • learning from home policy
  • Mobile phone
  • musculoskeletal
  • student

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