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Journal:   JOURNAL OF MOVEMENT SCIENCE & SPORTS   2008 , Volume 5 , Number 1 (SPECIAL ISSUE); Page(s) 37 To 44.
 
Paper: 

THE EFFECTS OF CLASSROOM FURNITURE ON BACK, NECK, LUMBAR AND LEG FATIGUE IN STUDENT

 
 
Author(s):  DANESHMANDI HASAN, ISANEZHAD A., HEMATINEZHAD M.A.
 
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Abstract: 

The purpose of this study was investigation the effects of classroom furniture on back, neck, lumbar and leg fatigue in students when used them, a total of 203 male students with the mean age (13.6±1.9), mean weight (48.87±14.40), and mean height (155±9.87), respectively from among 32 classes of 8 different schools of the urban community were selected randomly in this study. The results of questionnaire show a signification relationship between the tired feelings of the subjects with every dispositional condition of the classroom furniture. It was noted as well that the height of the blackboard exceeds the normal height of (178.15cm) and lies out of the comfortable sight of the users which has to be (139.5cm), (p£0.05). Results showed that tired feeling and pain of the students were mainly due to the application of non-standard furniture. The comfortable or uncomfortable feeling of the users indicating pain and local tiredness were also collected by the distributed questionnaires. The information provided in the questionnaire forms also show that 49/3% of the users were dissatisfied and felt some sorts of tiredness. The tiring condition they complained from with regard to ergonomic disposition of the furniture which were considered included 41/9% in the knee, 24.1% in the leg 51.2% in the back, 47.8% in the neck, and 24.6% from the high blackboard. The current results in addition to the incompatibility of the furniture used by the students with the anthropometrical specifications and ergonomic standards clearly showed that tired feeling and pain of the students were mainly due to the application of non-standard furniture and underlined the observance of necessary standards during the manufacture and equipment of schools.

 
Keyword(s): SCHOOL FURNITURE, SITTING POSTURE, ERGONOMIC VASTUS
 
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