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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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CAETANO, Vanusa Caiafa; RIBEIRO, Luiz Cláudio; CRUZ, Danielle Teles da  and  ASMUS, Carmen Ildes Rodrigues Fróes. Musculoskeletal disorders in adolescent workers. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2008, vol.18, n.3, pp. 264-274. ISSN 0104-1282.

Labor in childhood is a world phenomenon of great proportions, especially in under-developed countries. It's estimated, around the world, that 352 million children and adolescents under the age of 18 years old are economically active, including remunerated and unremunerated, illegal and informal work. Thus, the aim is to describe the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in a group of adolescents inserted in a professional apprenticeship program at the "Casa do Pequeno Jardineiro" (House of the Little Gardener) in the city of Juiz de Fora, MG.  The methodology used was observation; analysis and description of the postures used during the process of labor; administration of a questionnaire to identify the conditions of the lifestyle and work; and the flexion test in standing (FTS). The sample was divided into three groups, evaluating the presence of pain or discomfort on the shoulders, on the elbows, on the hips or thighs and on the feet, retraction of the hamstrings and calf muscles, and presence of pain and/or discomfort on the hips or thighs associated with the retraction of the hamstrings and calf muscles. In conclusion, the adolescents that were submitted to a higher load in work showed a higher frequency of disorders of the musculoskeletal system.

Keywords : Physiotherapy; adolescent; work; musculoskeletal disorders.

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