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Document ID (ISN)103013
CIS number 04-91
ISBN(s) 3-88383-553-6
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ritter P., Winkelmann T., Tidow G.
Title Prevention of lumbar column disorders - Pilot project in the coal mining sector: Physical effort and coordination training of apprentices
Original title Prävention von Wirbelsäulenschäden - Modelvorhaben im Steinkohlenbergbau: Krafttraining und Koordinationsschulung mit Auszubildenden [in German]
Bibliographic information Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften (HVBG), Alte Heerstrasse 111, 53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany, Oct. 2001. 184p. Illus. 84 ref.
Abstract The aim of this pilot project involving 140 coal mining apprentices was to examine to what extent a focused physical training programme could lower the probability of backache-related absenteeism. Following various sports medicine examinations (maximal strength, body movement analysis, posture diagnosis), half of the group of apprentices were given a specific one-hour training programme, three times a week for three months. The programme involved weight training exercises, stretching exercises and exercises aimed at improving the coordination of body movements. All apprentices were re-examined at the end of the programme and after a further six months. A positive development of all the characteristics examined was found in the group that followed the training programme, in particular changes in movements carried out during the lifting of loads, increases in strength and in muscle cross-sections, as well as changes in physiology and coordination.
Descriptors (primary) coordination of movements; physical training; coal mining; apprentices; spinal column
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; muscular work; manual lifting; case-control study; muscular strength; work posture; physical workload
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying