Friday, April 15, 2005

Helping Hands

After four research papers and 10 Blackboard quizzes in a week and a half, the keyboard becomes the dreaded enemy for many college students. But excessive keyboarding can be a contributing factor to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is swelling of the median nerve in the wrist. This nerve controls the sensory and motor functions of the hands. Keyboarding is considered to be a repetitive stress activity, which along with physical injuries, can cause carpal tunnel.

The Utah State Office of Education keyboarding program encourages good keyboarding skills among students in grades K through 12, such as taking frequent breaks, moving with even motions and keeping hands and fingers warm. Teachers are required to inform students that poor keyboarding skills can lead to carpal tunnel, although it’s not the dominant cause.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrom - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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