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Table 1 Participant Characteristics

From: Work-related musculoskeletal problems related to laboratory training in university medical science students: a cross sectional survey

Characteristics
Age, mean (SD) 21 (3.4)
Gender, n(%)
 Male 32 (29.1)
 Female 76 (69.1)
 Other 2 (1.8)
Year of Study, n(%)
 Year 1 30 (27.3)
 Year 2 31 (28.2)
 Year 3 47 (42.7)
 Missing data 2 (1.8)
Weekly Laboratory Hours, mean (SD) 5.7 (2.5)
Percentage time in Laboratory Activity, median (IQR)
 Fume Cupboard 5 (2–10)
 Pipetting 30 (20–40)
 Desk Activities 40 (30–50)
 Waiting for Samples (i.e. Centrifuging) 10 (5–20)
 Other 0 (0–5)
Perceived Posture, n(%)
 Poor 42 (38.2)
 Good 62 (56.4)
 Excellent 6 (5.5)
Main Workplace Position, n(%)
 Seated 56 (50.9)
 Standing 21 (19.1)
 Equal Sitting and Standing 33 (30.0)
Main Type of Seating
 Adjustable Chair 31 (28.2)
 Stool 79 (71.8)
Hand Dominance, n(%)
 Right 93 (84.6)
 Left 12 (10.9)
 Ambidextrous 5 (4.5)
Perceived Joint Mobility, n(%)
 Within Normal Limits 81 (73.6)
 Hypermobile 20 (18.2)
 Hypomobile 9 (8.2)
Performs Ergonomics Exercises, n(%)
 Yes 65 (59.1)
 No 45 (40.9)