Ergonomics and human factors is all about designing and optimising tasks, environments and equipment to promote musculoskeletal health and comfort. This applies not just to work settings, but also to the play and study environments of young people.
As we approach the start of the school year, I feel it is important to highlight the steps we can take to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal discomfort and eye strain associated with homework and studying. This has become increasingly important, I feel, as the learning and leisure time for a lot of children has become more centred around the use of digital devices.
This episode outlines the reasons why we should pay attention to children’s posture and movement habits and we can do to help encourage healthy musculoskeletal development. In this episode I talk about what I as an ergonomics consultant and as a mother do to help encourage good ergonomic habits in my children.