Physical work load in physical education teachers

Appl Ergon. 1999 Oct;30(5):435-42. doi: 10.1016/s0003-6870(98)00048-9.


The main objective was to measure and quantify exposure to physical work load in physical education teachers. A further aim was to establish the reproducibility of a three-week test-retest interval of self-reported physical load and to evaluate the agreement between registered and self-rated physical load. Thirty teachers, both female and male, volunteered to participate in the study. The physical load on the lower extremities, as well as the back and the cardio-vascular strain was recorded during one working day. The results indicate that the physical work load in this occupational group is considerable due to the load on the lower extremities. The demands of the cardio-vascular system are also relatively high in comparison to other occupational groups. The teachers could assess their activity quite well regarding heavy lifting and time spent sitting.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Back / physiology
  • Female
  • Heart / physiology
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Leg / physiology
  • Lifting
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Movement / physiology
  • Physical Education and Training*
  • Posture / physiology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Self-Assessment
  • Sports / physiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Walking / physiology
  • Weight-Bearing / physiology*
  • Workload / classification*