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J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Nov;61(11):e445-e451. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001712.

Effects of a Physical Therapist Led Workplace Personal-Fitness Management Program for Manufacturing Industry Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

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Graduate School of Medical Science, University of Occupational and Environmental Health (Mr Matsugaki); Rehabilitation Center, University Hospital of Occupational and Environmental Health (Mr Matsugaki); Renesas Electronics Corporation, Oita Factory, Oita (Ms Sakata); Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (Dr Itoh, Dr Matsushima, Dr Saeki), University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Workplace fitness programs are used to improve worker physical capacity. We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical therapist (PT) led personal-fitness management programs (PP) on manufacturing worker physical performance assessed using a 30-second chair stand (CS-30) test.

METHODS:

This assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial enrolled 60 manufacturing workers allocated to a workplace PP group (PPG) or control group (CG). The PPG received monthly, PT managed, individualized PP for 6 months. The CG received a 90-minute group-fitness management course once during the study period.

RESULTS:

CS-30 significantly improved in both groups (PPG and CG, Pā€Š<ā€Š0.001) following the intervention. There were significant group-time interaction effects, and the PPG experienced a significantly greater improvement in CS-30 results compared with CG (Pā€Š<ā€Š0.001).

CONCLUSIONS:

Individualized PT-led workplace PP may be more effective in improving worker physical performance.

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