Prevention of workers' musculoskeletal disorders musculoskeletal disorders: A four-stage model

Navah Z. Ratzon, Tal Jarus

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A four-stage prevention model for workers incorporating motor learning principles is aimed at enhancing safe work performance. Prevention programs for musculoskeletal disorders are aimed at assisting workers in preventing musculoskeletal disorders, allowing restoration of function, and recovering the capacity to return to work. Over the past few decades, the number of work-related injuries has remained the same or even increased. Therefore, a four-stage prevention model incorporating principles of motor learning enables occupational therapists (OTs) to facilitate prevention programs for workers was suggested. The four-stage prevention model consists of on-site analysis and examination, basic intervention, progressive intervention, and follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780387754239
StatePublished - 2009


  • Motor learning prevention programs
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD)
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSD)
  • Workplace


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