Andreas Holtermann has a master and PhD in Human Movement Science in and Health Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway which he finalized in 2008. Since then, he has lived in Copenhagen, and has a position as Professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark and adjunct Professor at Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. Andreas has published more than 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals, supervised more than 10 PhD students, and given numerous invited lectures at international conferences and seminars. His main field of research is on occupational physical activity and health and prevention of musculoskeletal pain at the workplace.
The title of his keynote will be "Physical activity at work, musculoskeletal disorders and sustained employment: Time for paradigm change for improved prevention?"
High physical activity demands are a dominating cause for musculoskeletal disorders and premature withdrawal from labor market. But why is it so, and why haven't musculoskeletal disorders and premature withdrawal from labor market become less of a problem at workplaces with more and better technical equipment, lifting aids, automatizations and ergonomic legislations? Isn't it about time that we ask ourselves: "Are the main current preventive workplace initiatives aiming to minimize physical activity demands likely to be efficient for preventing musculoskeletal disorders and premature withdrawal from labor market?" I claim that a new and more ambiguous workplace prevention paradigm for occupational physical activity demands, musculoskeletal disorders and sustained employment are needed for promoting a better, more productive, healthier and longer working life. Practical examples and workplace interventions for this new prevention paradigm will be given.