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Physical activity levels among offshore fleet seafarers.
Int Marit Health. 2007; 58(1-4):103-14.IM

Abstract

Advanced technology has rationalized and simplified operations at sea; however, this development has resulted in higher demands being made of the operator. Good health has become an important safety factor: a good state of health is crucial both to preventing strain injuries and to ensuring alertness and optimal performance at work. Physical activity is a powerful preventive "medicine" for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of overweight and musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of this paper is to analyse the habits and preferences of seafarers with regard to physical activity. Individual health factors, physical activity levels and work-related problems were surveyed on board vessels in a Norwegian shipping company. A questionnaire was completed by 577 seafarers. The results demonstrated that 70% of the respondents exercised twice or more times per week when at home, whereas only 39% exercised on board. Twenty per cent never exercised on board, and 5% never exercised at home. Walking is preferred by 70% of seafarers at home, as well as cycling and doing manual work. On board, walking, cycling and manual work are the most common types of exercise. Strength training is more often preferred on board than at home. Preventing illness and injury, a pleasant and inviting gym on board, and keeping weight under control are the three most important motivational factors. The results show that there is significant potential for improving and organising exercise-related activities on board as a means of maintaining good health and improving the performance of seafarers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

SINTEF Health Research, N-7465 Trondheim, Norway. Ingunn.Holmen.Geving@sintef.noNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18350980

Citation

Geving, Ingunn Holmen, et al. "Physical Activity Levels Among Offshore Fleet Seafarers." International Maritime Health, vol. 58, no. 1-4, 2007, pp. 103-14.
Geving IH, Jørgensen KU, Thi MS, et al. Physical activity levels among offshore fleet seafarers. Int Marit Health. 2007;58(1-4):103-14.
Geving, I. H., Jørgensen, K. U., Thi, M. S., & Sandsund, M. (2007). Physical activity levels among offshore fleet seafarers. International Maritime Health, 58(1-4), 103-14.
Geving IH, et al. Physical Activity Levels Among Offshore Fleet Seafarers. Int Marit Health. 2007;58(1-4):103-14. PubMed PMID: 18350980.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Physical activity levels among offshore fleet seafarers. AU - Geving,Ingunn Holmen, AU - Jørgensen,Kristin Ulven, AU - Thi,Maria Suong Le, AU - Sandsund,Mariann, PY - 2008/3/21/pubmed PY - 2008/4/11/medline PY - 2008/3/21/entrez SP - 103 EP - 14 JF - International maritime health JO - Int Marit Health VL - 58 IS - 1-4 N2 - Advanced technology has rationalized and simplified operations at sea; however, this development has resulted in higher demands being made of the operator. Good health has become an important safety factor: a good state of health is crucial both to preventing strain injuries and to ensuring alertness and optimal performance at work. Physical activity is a powerful preventive "medicine" for the maintenance of good health and the prevention of overweight and musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of this paper is to analyse the habits and preferences of seafarers with regard to physical activity. Individual health factors, physical activity levels and work-related problems were surveyed on board vessels in a Norwegian shipping company. A questionnaire was completed by 577 seafarers. The results demonstrated that 70% of the respondents exercised twice or more times per week when at home, whereas only 39% exercised on board. Twenty per cent never exercised on board, and 5% never exercised at home. Walking is preferred by 70% of seafarers at home, as well as cycling and doing manual work. On board, walking, cycling and manual work are the most common types of exercise. Strength training is more often preferred on board than at home. Preventing illness and injury, a pleasant and inviting gym on board, and keeping weight under control are the three most important motivational factors. The results show that there is significant potential for improving and organising exercise-related activities on board as a means of maintaining good health and improving the performance of seafarers. SN - 1641-9251 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18350980/Physical_activity_levels_among_offshore_fleet_seafarers_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/exerciseandphysicalfitness.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -