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MACIEL, Regina Heloisa; ALBUQUERQUE, Ana Maria F. Costa; MELZER, Adriana C.  and  LEONIDAS, Suzete Rodrigues. Exercises in the workplace: beneficial to whom?. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2005, vol.8, pp. 71-86. ISSN 1516-3717.

RSI is a generalized problem and it has been the aim of various studies in the occupational health area. RSI's causes and consequences are relatively known, although the existence of some controversies relating to its diagnoses and prevention. The use of ergonomics techniques have proven effective in RSI management and prevention due mainly to its direct approach to working conditions, known to be linked to its cause. However, another method is increasing in Brazil in an attempt to prevent RSI: exercises in the workplace. This article describes the main characteristics of the workplace exercises programs and discusses its success in the prevention of RSI, as well as other factors related to its implementation in the workplace. The conclusion is that, contrary to the idea disseminated by companies that offer workplace exercises programs; these programs can not be considered ergonomics RSI prevention methods, as the objectives and techniques of the two kinds of interventions are completely different. On the other hand, workplace exercises programs, until the moment, did not provide evidence for the supposition of its effectiveness in RSI's prevention. Besides that, it seems that the programs are more at the enterprises service than to the workers.

Keywords : Workplace exercises; Ergonomics; RSI; Prevention; Occupational health.

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