Secular trends in human physical capacities of the working population and some ergonomic implications
Review paper. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MusculoSkeletal Disorders: MSD) are still a widespread problem despite extensive ergonomic intervention research and corresponding measures at many workplaces. One of the possible causes frequently discussed is a presumed general reduction in physical "fitness" in the general population during the last half-century. MSD could then be due to insufficient physical capacity even when the physical requirements seem acceptable.