Musculoskeletal disorders among children and young people - a life course approach to risk factors and prevention


The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among children and adolescents is quite high and many young people enter the labour force with pre-existing musculoskeletal problems which can potentially be exacerbated by work.

A life course approach to addressing musculoskeletal conditions and musculoskeletal health (starting from childhood) is needed. This approach has the potential to enhance understanding of how and why MSDs occur over the life course and how musculoskeletal health can be promoted.

This info sheet also underlines the need for the public health, educations and occupational health sectors to work together to prevent MSDs among children and young people.

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