Group training with healthy computing practices to prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI): a preliminary study

Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 2004 Dec;29(4):279-87. doi: 10.1007/s10484-004-0388-z.


This pilot study investigated whether group training, in which participants become role models and coaches, would reduce discomfort as compared to a nontreatment Control Group. Sixteen experimental participants participated in 6 weekly 2-hr group sessions of a Healthy Computing program whereas 12 control participants received no training. None of the participants reported symptoms to their supervisors nor were they receiving medical treatment for repetitive strain injury prior to the program. The program included training in ergonomic principles, psychophysiological awareness and control, sEMG practice at the workstation, and coaching coworkers. Using two-tailed t tests to analyze the data, the Experimental Group reported (1) a significant overall reduction in most body symptoms as compared to the Control Group and (2) a significant increase in positive work-style habits, such as taking breaks at the computer, as compared to the Control Group. This study suggests that employees could possibly improve health and work style patterns based on a holistic training program delivered in a group format followed by individual practice.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Education
  • Electromyography
  • Ergonomics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy, Group*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • User-Computer Interface*
  • Workplace