Colorss goes international with first research work published
A study carried on musculoskeletal health among urban poor pupils in Western India by Colorss’ Foundation research division, Risachi, has been published in the International Journal of Management and Behavioural Sciences, IJMBS.
The acclaimed study, the very first to be conducted in India, was the initiative and hard work of two researchers: Pavithra Rajan, a community physiotherapist and Anand Koti, the founder of the Colorss Foundation.
According to the article co-authored by Rajan and Koti, bad postures and ergonomics –the study on how things interact with the human body – are prevalent during adolescence and earlier studies have shown that this could lead to musculoskeletal aches and pains in later life. To back this hypothesis – idea, a pilot study was carried out across selected urban slums in India. Using focus group discussions and a set of practical controlled school activities, the findings obtained, confirmed that this undervalued problem does exist.
During the study carried out in July 2012 in Vadodara, Gujarat, India, school children in urban slums were sampled and congregated into two separate groups based on gender for focus group discussions. Information gathered from these group discussions were used as base to design two research tools further used to assess the ergonomics of boys and girls in schools in five different activities. The activities range from reading a book, to lifting books from floor level, to sitting on a chair, to carrying a backpack, to using a computer. Data collected from each activity and compared with others all show that these activities actually caused maximum discomfort to most of the children.
Effects of musculoskeletal health problem
Interpreting the results, Rajan and Koti, found out that out of the 64 children who participated in the controlled study, 17 experienced musculoskeletal pains around the lower back, ankle and foot, knee and at the neck as well. Referring back to an earlier study conducted elsewhere on musculoskeletal health, the two researchers noted that musculoskeletal pain in this group – adolescence had been identified as a major public health problem and could be one of the causes of school absenteeism. In further analysis it was also discovered that some of the children could not take part in some activities at school simply as a result of this musculoskeletal ache and pain.
Before concluding the study sponsored by some individuals of goodwill and assisted by volunteers, Rajan and Koti stressed that it is important to plan cost effective and preventive strategies to bridge the problem from manifesting in this juvenile population who they say are equally the pillar of the future of India. Such strategies, according to them, may reduce the cost of treatment of musculoskeletal aches and pain on India’s health system that is already overburdened by other health issues.
After this groundbreaking publication, the Risachi research team has been burning the candles at both ends working on other big projects. So far, another research work has been approved and is due for publication in June 2013. The research teams also have plans to extend more projects on musculoskeletal health across India, but are relying heavily on the kind contributions from donors as well volunteers, especially students to join them carry out research on a vast scale.
At the moment Risachi projects are sponsored by individual donors, but Rajan and Koti are optimistic that donor organisations and individual donors would soon come on board as more and more research work get published. Support us and donate to make us strong. Contact us
Full report of this research paper can be read on the link below: