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Occupational and leisure time physical activity and its relationship with musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health outcomes

Grant number: 15/18310-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): April 03, 2017
Effective date (End): April 02, 2018
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal researcher:Tatiana de Oliveira Sato
Grantee:Tatiana de Oliveira Sato
Host: Andreas Holtermann
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE), Denmark  


There is a well-established relationship between high physical activity at leisure time and decreased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality and also musculoskeletal morbidity. On the other hand, high physical demands at work seem to increase this risk for both conditions. However, the underlying mechanism behind this effect remains unknown. Then, the investigation of the physiological response associated with the distinct effect of occupational and leisure time physical activity using heart rate variability is promising. The National Research Centre for the Working Environment (NRCWE, Copenhagen, Denmark) is an international leadership institution in this area. At NRCWE researchers developed valid and reliable methods to obtain objective physical activity and heart rate variability measurements during work and leisure time in large prospective cohorts. Therefore, this research project will be developed at NRCWE with the following aims: 1. to verify if there is association between heart rate variability at work and leisure and musculoskeletal symptoms and 2. to determine whether heart rate variability measured during different activity types, such as sitting, standing still and moving, differs between work and leisure time in workers with high physical demands. These results might bring further insight about the potential connections between occupational and leisure time physical activity, autonomic cardiac modulation and musculoskeletal symptoms. In addition, the development of this project will allow scientific and academic development of the candidate. We intend to take this opportunity to consolidate existing partnership with NRCWE, which will facilitate the consolidation of a scientific collaboration network with graduate student internships. It also intends to publish the scientific results arising from this partnership in high impact journals. (AU)

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KORSHOJ, METTE; RASMUSSEN, CHARLOTTE LUND; SATO, TATIANA DE OLIVEIRA; HOLTERMANN, ANDREAS; HALLMAN, DAVID. Heart rate during work and heart rate variability during the following night: a day-by-day investigation on the physical activity paradox among blue-collar workers. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, v. 47, n. 5, p. 387-394, 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SATO, TATIANA DE OLIVEIRA; HALLMAN, DAVID M.; KRISTIANSEN, JESPER; HOLTERMANN, ANDREAS. The association between multisite musculoskeletal pain and cardiac autonomic modulation during work, leisure and sleep - a cross-sectional study. BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS, v. 19, NOV 20 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.
SATO, TATIANA O.; HALLMAN, DAVID M.; KRISTIANSEN, JESPER; SKOTTE, JORGEN H.; HOLTERMANN, ANDREAS. Different autonomic responses to occupational and leisure time physical activities among blue-collar workers. INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, v. 91, n. 3, p. 293-304, APR 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.

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