September 15, 2006

Repetitive Strain Injury is cobblers

I’m not convinced about Repetitive Strain Injury. We’re told it’ll leave our wrists crippled. Newsround (yes I’m cool bored) had a scary piece on it yesterday which will probably put some kids off touching a computer keyboard. But I still can’t help thinking it’s a fuss about nothing.

You don’t hear kids being told to stop playing their music instrument in case they get RSI. You don’t hear about drummers getting RSI despite thrashing a drum kit for hours on end. So why is the computer keyboard (which requires far less movement) such a lethal device?!

I know some people do get Repetitive Strain Injury, and I’m not trying to say it doesn’t exist. But isn’t it possible that this is more to do with people having weak joints or muscles rather than some widespread problem that affects the whole population?

To add to the confusion, some data on RSI suggests that instances of RSI have fallen in recent years, with no obvious explanation for it.

Considering how long I spend slumped over a laptop keyboard, if RSI was a problem that affected people equally I’d have had it by now. As I haven’t I can only think that we should be treating it differently – advisory prevention rather than scaring kids into thinking their wrists are about to fall off when they clearly aren’t.

P.S. I find it hilarious that a search for repetitive strain injury brings up Injury Lawyers 4U as the first result… ha ha ha.

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  1. It’s due to how we type on keyboards. My maet works with a group of older women who first learned to type on typewriters. They were trained to arch their wrists like pianists (so you type like your hands are hovering over a gearstick) whereas most untrained people place their wrists on the table and tilt their hands upwards. Thus my mate gets some RSI and the ladies she works with don’t.

    Obviously it won’t affect everyone equally but there are some who could benefit from a different style.

    15 Sep 2006, 14:27

  2. AND, people that play musical instruments do get injuries from doing so for many hours, but they warm up when they practice, and most instruments involve lots of different movements, whereas typing is all the same movement with different fingers.

    But more importantly. Hello you, how’re you? Living in Cardiff now?

    30 Sep 2006, 23:06

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