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[ Article ] Trunk postural demands of occupational activities of some merchant pregnant women in Benin,

Date de soumission: 11-02-2017
Année de Publication: 2012
Entité/Laboratoire Autres Laboratoires
Document type : Article
Discipline(s) : Multidisciplinaire, generalités & autres
Titre Trunk postural demands of occupational activities of some merchant pregnant women in Benin,
Auteurs BEAUCAGE-GAUVREAU Erica [1], DUMAS Geneviève [1], LAWANI Mohamed [1],
Journal: Ergonomics
Catégorie Journal: Internationale
Impact factor: 0
Volume Journal: 55
DOI:
Resume Strenuous physical work puts expectant mothers at risk of experiencing back pain during the gestational months. Pregnant women in Benin perform physically demanding occupational tasks that include the lifting and carriage of heavy loads on their heads for commercial activities. A large percentage of pregnant subjects (58%) reported having back pain episodes since the start of their pregnancy. However, the mean Oswestry score of the affected participants was relatively low with a mean score of 0.2 (SD: 0.12), on a scale form 0 to 1. An evaluation of the postural demands of the occupational activities of these women revealed that they performed on average 328 trunk flexions at angles exceeding 608, with 66 of these flexions sustained for more than 4 s, during the average 7.9 h where trunk postures were recorded. They also spent on average 36% of the recording time at trunk flexion angles larger than 208. These results show that the merchant pregnant women in the Porto-Novo area in Benin are at great risk for developing back disorders during pregnancy
Mots clés Africa; occupational activities; trunk posture; inclinometer; back pain; pregnancy
Pages 1218 - 1228
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