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Bibliographic record number: 378695


Authors: Peroš, Kristina; Vodanović, Marin; Meštrović, Senka
Title: Physical fitness among dental students
Source: Eur J Dent Educ. 2009 ; 13(2):123.
ISSN: 1396-5883
Meeting: 34th meeting of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, Zagreb, Croatia, September 3 - 6, 2008.
Location and date: Zagreb, September 3 - 6, 2008.
Keywords: dental students; physical fitness
Aim: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are associated with multi-factorial risks (physical, psychosocial, work-organizational and sociocultural) as the types and levels of risks vary according to individual traits and occupational demands. The best established risk factors for WRMSDs are reported to be: awkward and prolonged posture, bending and twisting, vibration and repetitive forces. Musculoskeletal disorders comorbidity among dentists is obviously higher than in the average population. Physical exercise, for it's ability to improve musculoskeletal and cardiovascular function, may be useful for improving back function and preventing development of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Proper et al. (2002) showed that the effectiveness of physical activity programs in the workplace is limited. It may suggest that ergonomic advice of improving physical activity should be offered earlier in life, before the individual begins working carriere or during education. The aim of this study was to analize health-related behaviour and total physical fitness among freshman dental students. Methods: A total of 90 freshman dental students filled anonymous questionnaire designed for this study. Fifty voluntarely participated in the Å ; ; ; strand cycle ergometer test to assess the objective evaluation of participant’ s physical fitness. The study was approved by The Ethical committee of Dental School University of Zagreb, Croatia. All participants signed their written informed consent. Results: Among freshman dental students 75% of them had fairly healthy behaviours, normal BMI and exercising regularly but not effectively. The Å ; ; ; strand cycle ergometer test revealed that subjects physical fitness was lower than they thought it was. Subjects who had more regularly exercised had significantly less low back pain. Conclusion: A program that includes ergonomic advices for dentistry may contain promotion of healthy physical behaviours encouraging already existing physical fitness habits among dental students.
Citation databases: MEDLINE
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP) (sastavni dio Web of Science Core Collectiona)
Type of meeting: Poster
Type of presentation in a journal: Abstract
Type of peer-review: International peer-review
Project / theme: 065-0650444-0436
Original language: ENG
Category: Znanstveni
Research fields:
Dental medicine
Full paper text: 378695.2009_ABS_EJDE_Peros_-_Physical_fitness.pdf (tekst priložen 16. Ožu. 2011. u 15:03 sati)
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