Learn more about repetitive strain injury prevention, Feb. 28

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Do you know what a repetitive strain injury (RSI) is, or how to prevent one?

RSIs are disorders of the musculoskeletal system – which comprises tendons, muscles and nerves – that can develop gradually over weeks, months or even years. Symptoms can include tightness, discomfort, stiffness, soreness, burning, tingling or numbness occurring most often within the hands, wrists and arms. These conditions account for over 40 per cent of all lost-time injuries (WSPS, 2023).  Increasing and varying position and movement during work hours is one way to help reduce the risk of RSIs.  

Learn more about RSI prevention on International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day on Feb. 28. In support of – and in partnership with – Athletics & Recreation, a “Learning to Explore Your Body Through Movement” class will be offered on Feb. 28 at noon. In this 30-minute virtual session, participants will be shown various exercises to add more movement into the work day. No special equipment or experience is needed. To register for the event, click here.

For more information regarding office ergonomics, download a copy of Ergonomic Comfort for Your Workstation.

Additional ergonomic resources can be found on York’s Health, Safety and Employee Well-Being page.

For information regarding other services provided by York’s Athletics & Recreation team, such as fitness group sessions and intramural sports, visit https://yorkulions.ca/index.aspx.

Questions related to workstations should be directed to your manager.