Nastja Podrekar

Nastja Podrekar
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Revija/Journal: Šport : revija za teoretična in praktična vprašanja športa (številka 3-4, letnik 2022) IZVLEČEK: Angleški izraz »sedentary behaviour« je opredeljen kot vsakršno vedenje v času budnosti, ki ga zaznamuje nizka poraba energije in pri katerem je posameznik v sedečem položaju, se naslanja ali leži. V slovenski strokovni literaturi je m...
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Background: Movement behaviours (i.e. physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep) collectively impact health and wellbeing. Nowadays, we face a high prevalence of unhealthy movement behaviours, including a lack of physical activity and sleep, which emerged in our industrialisation and urbanisation periods. To develop evidence-based intervent...
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Background and Aim: At the beginning of the year 2022, Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, the international association for research on sedentary behaviour, released the first international recommendations on school-related sedentary behaviour for children and youth. These recommendations are based on the best available evidence, expert consensu...
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Background Back pain is the most common musculoskeletal symptom. Several risk/protective factors, including sedentary behaviour, physical activity and sleep, have been proposed. Research has typically examined these time-use behaviours in isolation, ignoring the compositional nature of time-use data. The aim of this study was to determine the relat...
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Background: Adequate school furniture is important to prevent musculoskeletal discomfort among students. Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the suitability of school furniture compared to body dimensions of students. Methods: A cross-sectional study included a total of 442 students from primary school, secondary school, and universi...
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Tactile interaction between humans and elements in the built environment, such as furniture, is often under-appreciated. The aim of this study was to objectively evaluate thermal properties of ten tabletop materials as well as user perceptions of those materials after use. Sixteen participants tested ten materials in a randomised order. Infrared th...
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Introduction. Chair is one of the basic pieces of furniture that older adults use daily. To ensure safe and effective transition from sitting to standing for older adults, ergonomic chair design is necessary. The basis for ergonomic chair design are the user’s body dimensions. Anthropometric data of Slovenian older adults, especially for the middle...
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The aim of this study was to develop a questionnaire to assess perceived school furniture suitability.
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Musculoskeletal disorders are an important cause of absenteeism and long-term absence from work. Musculoskeletal disorders are partly caused by aging, but mainly by inappropriate working environments, insufficient physical activity and prolonged sitting. The COVID-19 epidemic has affected all of these aspects: it increased the amount of teleworking...
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Background: Prolonged sitting has been identified as a risk factor for spinal health. Ergonomic advices suggest preserving natural spinal curvatures while sitting and using a backrest. Assessment of spinal posture while back supported sitting is not possible using traditional posture evaluation techniques (e.g., 3D optical motion detection system),...
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Suitable school furniture is important to ensure students maintain proper posture, diminish risks for musculoskeletal discomfort and pain, and to promote students' well-being in the classroom. When assessing the suitability of school furniture, characteristics like student's posture and dimensional compatibility can be measured objectively. However...
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School furniture has been recognised as a potential risk factor for musculoskeletal pain among primary school pupils. The aim of this study was to assess student-furniture mismatch and to determine the association between unsuitable school furniture and musculoskeletal pain among Slovenian pupils. Firstly, pupils’ body dimensions were measured, and...
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Visual and tactile properties of materials can influence human emotional and cognitive functioning. Existing studies indicate that exposure to wood may lead to more favourable outcomes than contact with other common materials, but evidence is limited. We measured affective states and cognitive performance in 16 participants before and after each sp...
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Standing desks and physical activity breaks can counteract the negative consequences of sedentarism at school. However, the implementation of these strategies should not restrict the pedagogical process. The aim of this study was to assess teachers’ perspectives on strategies to reduce sedentary behavior (SB) of students in the classroom. An online...
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Introduction: A recent shift to the 24-hour movement paradigm is being widely accepted by the researchers and (inter)national authorities who develop physical activity guidelines. The new paradigm is based on the fact, that time spent in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep add up to 24-hour day and that for the optimal health all day m...
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Introduction: Police officers are exposed to shift and night work, encounter tragic events, and often confront threats and time pressures. The work of police officers is also specific because of the authorisation by which they can act against other people. All this can be reflected in increased stress. The aim of this study was to assess the preval...
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Introduction: Police officers have a variable work schedule which includes shift and night work. While some police officers engage in predominantly sedentary work, others perform work that requires a higher level of physical activity. Shift work is associated with increased risk of adopting an unhealthy lifestyle, such as physical inactivity and un...
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Background: Sedentary behavior has been recognized as an important risk factor in the development of several chronic diseases. Active workstations have been proposed as an effective countermeasure. While such interventions likely reduce sedentary time, concerns regarding the effects on work performance and cognitive function remain. Objective: T...
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Introduction: Considering the amount of time students spend in the classroom predominantly in a sitting position, school furniture plays a key role in maintaining and promoting good posture. The aim of the study was to evaluate the mismatch between the existing classroom furniture and students’ anthropometric measures. Methods: To assess the misma...
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Introduction: Low back pain (LBP) is common in children and adolescents. Several risk factors have been proposed, including prolonged sitting. The aim of this study was to review the literature on association between sitting/sedentary time or specific sedentary behaviour and LBP in children and adolescents. Methods: A literature search was conducte...
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Shear-wave electrography (SWE) is a method used to assess tissue elasticity. Recently, it has been used to assess muscle stiffness, but the reliability of SWE for this purpose has not been thoroughly investigated. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the repeatability and reproducibility of SWE on porcine meat specimens and the human biceps fe...
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Purpose: The aim of this paper was to evaluate the effects of cycle and treadmill desks on energy expenditure, cardiovascular and biochemical indicators in sedentary workers. Materials and methods: In February 2018, six databases were searched. Both parallel and crossover design studies evaluating workplace cycle and treadmill desks compared to a c...

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www.pkmo.si Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and psychosocial risks (PR) at the workplace are the main cause of occupational disability, absence from work, and early retirement. MSD are partly the result of the degenerative processes that occur during aging, but also duo to inappropriate workplace settings, poor lifestyle, the obesity epidemic, low physical activity and sedentary behaviour among the working-age population. European guidelines recommends prevention as the most important element for managing and eliminating work-related MSD and PR. With an aim to reduce the incidence of MSD and PR in Slovenia the project “Promotion of activities to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risk at the workplace” (PKMO) was established. PKMO project runs jointly by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and the University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences. PKMO implements a holistic approach to prevent and manage the incidence of work-related MSD and psychosocial risk using a range of systematic activities: workplace ergonomics, physical activity and psychological interventions, all included in a friendly e-tool (www.pkmo.si). Disclaimer: Projekt »Promocija aktivnosti za preprečevanje kostno-mišičnih obolenj in psihosocialnih tveganj pri delu«. Naložbo financirata Evropska unija iz Evropskega socialnega sklada ter Republika Slovenija, Ministrstvo za delo, družino, socialne zadeve in enake možnosti. Projekt se izvaja v okviru Operativnega programa za izvajanje Evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014–2020, v okviru 8. prednostne osi: »Spodbujanje zaposlovanja in transnacionalna mobilnost delovne sile«, 8.3. prednostne naložbe: »Aktivno in zdravo staranje«, 8.3.1. specifičnega cilja »Podaljševanje in izboljšanje delovne aktivnosti starejših, vključenih v ukrepe«.