Schoolbag weight and low back pain among primary schoolchildren in Lipis Pahang

Halim, Hamizar Iqbal Abdul (2006) Schoolbag weight and low back pain among primary schoolchildren in Lipis Pahang. Masters thesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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In Malaysia, there are increasing higher expectation of school children's academic performance with parents, school authorities, teachers, media, politician and government placing greater emphasis on examination results of schoolchildren and schools. Children are facing heavier school curriculum and co-curriculum, and may lead to more schoolbooks and school equipment needed, thus increasing their schoolbag weight that may caused them to experience low back pain (LBP}. The primary objective of this study was to determine the schoolbag weight and their ratio with schoolchildren body weight among primary schoolchildren in lipis, Pahang. The second objective was to determine the prevalence of low back pain among these school children and its association with schoolbag weight. This was a cross sectional study conducted at Lipis District involving 889 primary school children from Primary 1 to Primary 5 conducted from September to November 2005. Each schoolchildren's height, body weight and backpack weight were measured. All the information was gathered by using a guided questionnaire and analyzed using SPSS software version 1 0.0. The results showed that the mean schoolbag weight was 4.5 kg (95 0k Cl: 4.4 kg, 4.6 kg). In percentage of body weight the mean was 17.8% (95 °/o Cl: 17.4%, 18.2%). About 90.0% of these schoolchildren carried schoolbag weighing more than 10°Al of their body weight and 62.9% of them carried backpacks more than 15% of body weight. The type of school, grade level, type of backpack use and following the school's timetable were significant factors influencing the weight of the schoolbag. Wheeled backpack was used by 141

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low back pain
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Kampus Kesihatan (Health Campus) > Pusat Pengajian Sains Perubatan (School of Medical Sciences) > Thesis
Depositing User: Mr Abdul Hadi Mohammad
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 08:22
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2020 08:22

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