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Low back pain prevention for nursing students: a kettlebell intervention
The purpose of this thesis is to educate and provide information to promote nursing students to take action in Low Back Pain (LBP) prevention. LBP is a high risk in nursing and prevention measures are recommended prior to starting the work. LBP is a debilitating musculoskeletal condition which affects all parts of the world. Prevention measures are many and this thesis aims to promote the Kettlebell training as one of them. The Kettlebell is a cast-iron ball with a handle. It has become increasingly popular over the years for training and competitive purposes. Studies have been done on the positive outcomes of Kettlebell training, including results in reduced LBP. Kettlebells are accessible in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and the author aims to encourage nursing students to take advantage of this opportunity.
An exercise package was created to provide nursing students with basic kettlebell exercises that can be done without previous experience. The exercise package was implemented for a one hour session with voluntary nursing students. The session included a lecture on LBP risks, outcomes and preventative measures followed by a practical Kettlebell workout. Feedback received from nursing students was positive and the majority of respondents stated that the information regarding LBP was useful and would consider continuing Kettlebell training independently.