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Prevalence and awareness of cumulative trauma disorders in architecture students

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Author: 
Hetal Soni and Dr. Sachin Gawande
Abstract: 

Cumulative trauma disorders are a group of disorders affecting the upper limb joints, back and neck. These disorders mainly take place due to activities done repeatedly and forcefully for a longer duration of time, with increasing amount of stress that gets built up in the tissues and other muscular structures. Students studying architecture are exposed to conditions which involve doing these activities. This study was done focussing on finding out the prevalence and awareness of cumulative trauma disorders in architecture students. A sample size of 200 was taken. Bachelor and master students of architecture were selected. Students with previous upper limb injuries or pathology, were not included in the study. A self-structured questionnaire was distributed amongst the population and results were calculated using descriptive analysis. There were up to 80.50% of prevalence of these disorders amongst the architecture students, and 59.62% of the population were aware of them.
Practitioner summary: Cumulative trauma disorders are potentially preventable and treatable. This study grossly emphasized on the prevalence of these disorders and awareness in architecture students so as to undertake definitive preventive strategies. There was a high prevalence as well as moderate amount of awareness of cumulative trauma disorders amongst these students.

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