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Document ID (ISN)78002
CIS number 02-443
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Perkiö-Mäkelä M.
Title Influence of exercise-focused group activities on the physical activity, functional capacity, and work ability of female farmers - A three-year follow up
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.5, No.3, p.381-394. Illus. 26 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of exercise-focused group activities on female farmers' physical activity, functional capacity, and work ability over a period of 3 years. Physical activity increased more in the intervention group (n = 62) than in the control group (n = 64) during the first year. By the third year, physical activity had almost returned to the pre-intervention level. In the 3-year follow-up examination, muscular endurance and cardio-respiratory fitness had improved in the intervention group, and there were more instances of decreases in musculoskeletal symptoms in the intervention group than in the control group. The index used to measure perceived work ability showed no changes over the 3-year period. It can be concluded that group activities focused on leisure-time physical activity and work habits can be recommended as health promotion measures for farmers.
Descriptors (primary) work capacity; musculoskeletal diseases; sports and recreation; agriculture; women
Descriptors (secondary) health programmes; long-term study; assessment of working capacity
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Agriculture
Physical fitness programmes