Vol. 16, Issue 1, december 2020.



Tijana Stojanović1, Dragan Perić 2, Darko Stojanović 3 & Toplica Stojanović 4
1Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Niš, Serbia
2Čair sports center, Niš, Serbia
3Faculty of sport, University “Union – Nikola Tesla”, Belgrade, Serbia
4Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Priština – Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia

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In order to determine the effects of the "School on the Move" program on the postural status of students, a survey was conducted on a sample of 22 younger school age students of both sexes for the duration of one school semester. Students were given lectures on ergonomic risk and ways of reducing ergonomic risk factors, and a number of posters and flyers with proper lifting, bag-wearing and sitting techniques were distributed. The "School on the Move" ergonomic program encouraged students to move freely on their chair or to stand up and stretch when they experienced discomfort/pain, or perform a few brief stretching exercises while sitting on their chair. The postural status of the spine was assessed in the sagittal and frontal plane (thoracic and lumbar scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis) by the "Spinal mouse" instrument (Quantum Health and Wellness Ltd, Wallasay, England). A repeated measures ANOVA was used for statistical data processing. The results showed that during the 16-week period, there was a significant improvement in the reduction of thoracic scoliosis (p=0.003) and kyphosis (p=0.006), while there were no significant changes in the lumbar scoliosis and lordosis. On the basis of these results, it could be concluded that such a program could have a significant impact on the posture improvement of the spinal column, and that it can be practically applied in the school curriculum as a preventive measure for spinal postural status disturbance of younger school age students.

Key words: postural status, students, younger school age, "School on the Move" program.

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This research was supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Higher Education and the Information Society of the Government of Republika Srpska (grant no. 19 / 6-020 / 961-15 / 18) and the University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport. Data collection at the school was made possible by permission of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Government of Republika Srpska (07.04 / 052-3305 / 19)




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To cite this article:

Stojanović, T., Perić, D., Stojanović, D., & Stojanović, (2020)T. Effects of the "school on the move" program on the postural status of younger school age students. Sportlogia, 16 (1), 80-90.


Approved: 18.11.2020.

Stojanović Toplica, Ph. d.
Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Priština – Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbia