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Tuesday, November 11, 1997 Published at 12:18 GMT


RSI risk for teenagers

The Body Action Campaign will tour schools to teach young people how to avoid RSI

A British charity has said that increased use of computers and video games means teenagers are at growing risk of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).

These sort of injuries occur from repeated physical movements and can result in damage to tendons, nerves and muscles.

The Body Action Campaign, which was launched to combat the problem, is touring schools to teach young people what they can do now to avoid problems in the future.

The campaign has said that classrooms could become "minefields" for young people if they are not made aware of the potential dangers of working with new technology.

"Many teenagers have already been diagnosed with chronic pain problems and some are even having to give up their studies because the pain makes studying impossible," said a campaign spokesperson.

"The potential effect on children as computers become a significant feature of their early development is almost too frightening to imagine," said the official.

British trades union officials estimate that 5.5 million working days are lost every year to upper limb disorders such as RSI and more than 100,000 new medical cases are being reported each year.

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