Several smaller, and therefore somewhat uncertain, studies of monotonous neck-loading work have shown that short breaks in muscle activity can reduce the risk of neck pain. In order to obtain more reliable estimates, one must therefore have access to larger data mate-rial.

Smaller studies of these conditions in Denmark, Norway and Sweden have included a total of approx. 1,200 people of both sexes, but the measurements have never been as-sessed together.

The main purpose of this study is to merge / pool electromyographic data of neck muscle activity and relate the activity pattern to risk for neck pain. Data will be obtained from seven Scandinavian labs.

Project Manager:

Markus Koch

External partners:

The National Research Center for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark

University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark

Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund, Sweden

Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sverige

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)


Financial contributors:

Working Environment Committee, Nordic Council of Ministers