Women, ergonomics and back disorder: how home based childcare work may augment the risk of lower back disorder in pregnant and postpartum women

Adele Stewart

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

97% of childcare work is performed by women. Although women incur the majority of lower back injury, lifting standards overlook encumbrances of pregnancy. Using four studies measuring changes in back strength, hormones and anthropometry, we observed reduced back strength in early pregnancy and back weakness past eight weeks postpartum recovery. Outcomes also exposed LBI risk with childcare work and equipment design.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Ackland, Tim, Supervisor
  • Guelfi, Kym, Supervisor
  • Williams, Andrew, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date29 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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