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Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Korean Broadcast Actors


Moon-Hee Park ,

Department of Broadcasting and Acting, Gyeongsan University College, Gyeongsan, Republic of Korea; Department of Division of Theatre, Dongguk University of Graduate, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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Ham-Gyum Kim,

Department of Radiological Technology, Ansan College, Ansan, Republic of Korea
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Jae-Hwan Cho

Department of International Radiological Science, Hallym University of Graduate Studies, Seoul, Republic of Korea
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Musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) are functional disabilities in the musculoskeletal area that occur when continuous damage to the muscles or tissues is caused by performing a repetitive task. These diseases are usually found in the waist, shoulder, neck, arm, and wrist. MSD is also referred to as cumulative trauma disorderrepetitive strain injury, occupational overuse syndrome, and visual display terminal, depending on the country. The condition is now commonly referred to as work-related musculoskeletal disorder.


The aim of this study was to develop a prevention plan against musculoskeletal disease and to provide better health care to broadcast actors by understanding the association between musculoskeletal symptoms and working conditions. The results of the study can be utilized to maintain effective systematic resources to treat such diseases.


A survey was conducted in Seoul between January 1 and May 10, 2014 with broadcast actors working in the South Korean entertainment industry.


Tests with respect to musculoskeletal symptoms indicated that the study participants were likely to experience having musculoskeletal symptoms in the shoulders, waist, neck, leg/foot, hand/wrist/finger, and arm/elbow. Most of the participants reported pain on both sides of their shoulders and in their legs/feet or on the right side of the arm/elbow and in hand/wrist/finger. Pain lasted between 1 and 7 days, with an incidence of 33.8% in the neck, 36% in the shoulders, 33.3% in the arm/elbow, 47.4% in the hand/wrist/finger, 34.7% in the waist, and 39.3% in the leg/foot.


This study should prove useful in determining systematic and effective resources to prevent broadcast actors from developing MSD in the future.

How to Cite: Park, M.-H., Kim, H.-G. and Cho, J.-H., 2015. Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Korean Broadcast Actors. Annals of Global Health, 81(4), pp.475–481. DOI:
Published on 17 Dec 2015.
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