Quiz Answers

  1. True. These are only a few ergonomic concerns; many others exist as well.
  2. False. Cumulative trauma disorders result primarily from repetitive motions, such as typing for extended periods of time.
  3. True. See the section on Cumulative Trauma Disorders for more information.
  4. True. Sitting forward, or in a position of trunk flexion, can result in back pain.
  5. False. Keep wrists in a neutral position while typing. For a picture of this correct position, see the Risk Factors section.
  6. True. If you feel that you have resolved all of these possible problems yet continue to have eyestrain, you may want to go see your eye care professional for a formal eye exam.
  7. False.
  8. False. Often times, we apply much more pressure to keys than is actually required to activate the key.
  9. False. Keep your shoulders down and relaxed while typing. Shrugging your shoulders will only provoke pain in the shoulder region. Putting the keyboard in your lap may facilitate a better shoulder position, but often creates an unsafe wrist position.
  10. True.
  11. True. You may experience some or all of these symptoms. Don't ignore them. Make adjustments to your workstation until the symptoms disappear.
  12. True. These are only a few risk factors for CTDs. For a full list, see the Risk Factors section.
  13. False. Your hips, knees, and ankles ideally should be at 90 degree angles. However, people are all difference and positions of comfort vary from person to person. Try to sit at your computer workstation as close to this position as possible. Keep in mind that the most important thing to remember is to move often. See the Desk Exercises section for a list of movements.
  14. True. If you don't have access to an actual foot rest, try using a thick phone book or reams of computer paper.