December 23, 2008

Amstelveen volleyball club breaks world record

Filed under: Dutch first,Sports by Orangemaster @ 10:59 am

The players of the SVU Volleyball Club in Amstelveen, a student club part of the VU University Amsterdam, broke the world record for volleyball by playing 60 hours in a row. They broke the old record of 55 hours and 3 minutes, landing them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The last bit was apparently very tough. “It was barely volleyball. They could barely move anymore,” a spokesperson for the team said. The team started on Saturday 20 December at 8 am with 24 players. Two people had to leave the field: one player was exhausted, while the other one had a knee injury. The players could not be replaced.


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July 2, 2008

RSI not related to excessive computer use

Filed under: Health,Technology by Branko Collin @ 7:34 am

Geeking out does not necessarily lead to repetitive strain injury. A study by Stefan IJmker at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam shows that it doesn’t matter how long or often you sit behind a PC, these factors do not lead to RSI. Instead, a combination of factors that are all members of bad job syndrome, such as little appreciation and little variation, are the great sick-makers. A history of RSI also significantly increases the chances of the injury returning.

IJmker tracked 2,000 office workers for two years using forms and software that registered how much time subjects spent on tasks.

Earlier studies did show a connection between the amount of computer use and RSI, but almost all of these studies relied on having subjects report on their own usage patterns. IJmker’s research also shows that people who got RSI tended to overestimate how much they used the computer. The researcher will defend his thesis today.

Source: Blik op Nieuws.

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