On the spot

first_imgAnon-site occupational physiotherapy service brings relief to sufferers ofmusculoskeletal disorders and makes real savings for employers.  By Claire Trickey and James Bowden In 1999, 8,500 new cases of work- related musculoskeletal disorders werereported by occupational health professionals and rheumatologists under theMOSS and OPRA surveillance systems1. Importantly, only a few specificconditions can be reported under these systems, and only the fortunate workerswith access to occupational physicians would ever be assessed. Given theseenormously limiting factors, 8,500 new cases is a significant number of thislimited population, and an increase on the 7,666 new cases of 1998. Perhaps a more realistic picture was painted by the 1995 SWI survey2. Thissurvey estimated that over one million people in Great Britain believed theywere suffering from a musculoskeletal disorder caused by work. There is building evidence that treatment by chartered physiotherapists issuccessful in dealing with a wide range of common musculoskeletal ailmentsassociated with work or leisure activities. Consequently, more and more peopleare looking to physiotherapy to treat their musculoskeletal problems. Between 1995 and 1999, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) recordedgrowth of 34.7 per cent in the annual number of qualifying students, showing anincreased provision of physiotherapy to the general population3. The CSP has aUK membership of 35,000 providing a significant service to be used by thepopulation4. Growth of physiotherapy The growth in the availability and uptake of physiotherapy is perhapsunsurprising given the fact that musculoskeletal disorders are the most commonform of work-related ill health in Great Britain1. Worker absence due to theseconditions amounted to around 9 million days5 in 1995. Given the cost to employers of musculoskeletal disorders (£523 to £556mbased on 1995/1996 estimates6) more and more organisations are looking toprovide in-house physiotherapy for their staff. But given the demands on budgetholders in today’s “streamlined” workplace, is on-site physiotherapya cost-effective investment? There have been a limited number of cost-benefit analyses published thatlook at on-site physiotherapy. Those that have been published have presentedconflicting views and different measures for success7,8. The following casestudy outlines a compelling argument for the cost-effectiveness of on-sitephysiotherapy. Case study A study was recently conducted in association with a large organisation thatwanted to try out an occupational physiotherapy service (OPS). Along with themanagement of the OPS, OH consultancy COPE provided the client with allclinical treatment, occupational physiotherapy assessment, rehabilitationtreatment and advice. In addition, physiotherapists carried out any ergonomicworkplace interventions required for the staff being treated. The study centred on several of the organisation’s locations within a closegeographical area (referred to as the study group). These locations representapproximately 7,000 employees. The main drive of the study was to see whether there was a tangible andsignificant reduction in days lost from work in the study group. The locationsselected for the study already had a sickness absence record well below theoverall average for the organisation, so they were not necessarily going toyield the most obvious results. However, the aim was still to show that fastand effective on-site treatment of musculoskeletal disorders would reduce lostdays and therefore accrue real savings for the client. A control group was also selected, which had a slightly poorer sicknessabsence record, but was demographically similar. Benefits of the OPS The study was conducted over the course of one year and savings calculationswere based solely on reductions in total sickness absence costs against budget.The budget is calculated according to a location’s previous sickness absencecosts. Any significant alterations to the management of sickness absence in additionto the occupational physiotherapy service were consistent in both the study andcontrol groups. While the control group’s sickness absence costs met budget expectations,the study group demonstrated a significant saving, spending under their budget.The cost of sickness absence within the organisation is calculated using ageneric formula, according to the number of working hours lost. Therefore thiscost saving represents more staff at work more of the time. Alongside the direct savings, an interesting set of secondary effects wasalso observed in conjunction with the OPS. – Improved morale – official feedback systems outlined a significantimprovement in staff morale in locations with the OPS, when compared tocontrols and when compared with the company as a whole – Decrease in staff turnover – staff turnover was increasing across thecontrol and study locations, but was seen to increase more slowly where theclient had the OPS in place. Relevant factors Clearly this is a single study and there are a number of factors to considerbefore applying this principle to any organisation. Some of the variablefactors might be: – The cost of clinical provision in different organisations – the nature ofthe work carried out by the study organisation meant that a”moderate”9 number of employees could be serviced for every hour ofphysiotherapy provided. In some heavier industries, where staff are exposed tohigher degrees of musculoskeletal risk, a smaller number of staff would beserviced per physiotherapy hour. However, while the cost per employee is higherin this instance, the savings too should be higher since the pre-interventionprevalence of musculoskeletal disorders and the resulting sickness absence islikely to be higher – Cost per day lost to the organisation through sickness – the higher thecost per sickness day, the greater the savings to an organisation for every daynot lost – Cause of sickness absence – in the case study presented, pre-intervention sicknessabsence was not divided into musculoskeletal and non-musculoskeletal, but wastaken as a whole. Obviously the greater the contribution to overall sicknessabsence from musculoskeletal disorders, the greater the impact an OPS can have.Having said that, some of the secondary factors associated with the OPS such asincreased morale may well lower sickness absence from non-musculoskeletalcauses – Existing sickness absence management programmes – organisationalapproaches to sickness absence management vary in policy and procedure.Positive and proactive approaches will foster stronger support and usage of anOPS and increase the value of such a service. Such approaches establish healthcriteria for jobs, carry out appropriate pre-employment screening andassessment and give advice on sickness absence cases in timely fashion. Thisthen links back into a health and safety risk management system of which theOPS becomes a vital part. How are the cost savings achieved? As outlined above, in broadest terms the cost savings come about because ofreduced sickness absence. But how does this service work to reduce days off onsick leave? – By treating the problem – the most obvious reduction in sickness absencecomes from treating the injury or condition and returning staff to work – By treating the problem rapidly – our experience has shown that patientstreated more than 21 days from the onset of the problem are less likely torecover completely (potentially missing more work later), and take longer toreturn to work (being off for longer with this episode). So there is a two-foldbenefit from having a rapid, on-site response. Anecdotal evidence suggests thatwaiting lists for NHS physiotherapy can be as long as six months. If staff areoff work during this waiting period, the chances of them ever returning to workare greatly reduced7 – By amending the workplace – on-site physiotherapists with ergonomicstraining can make recommendations to improve the work environment helping toprevent reoccurrence – By eliminating travel time away from work – By decreasing turnover – a reduction in staff turnover means lowering theoutlay for recruitment, training and any interim agency cover – By boosting morale – there is growing evidence to suggest that psychosocialfactors play a significant role in both musculoskeletal problems and othercauses of lost days. If increased morale is an indicator of a decrease in someaspects of psychosocial stress, this could also be a factor in the success ofthe OPS. Concluding remarks The case study presented outlines the cost effectiveness of an occupationalphysiotherapy service. Its benefits are multifarious, but the fast, successfultreatment of musculoskeletal disorders is the platform for cost savings. Giventhe position of musculoskeletal disorders at the top of the list of causes ofdays lost to industry, the uptake of occupational physiotherapy services acrossBritish industry is likely to increase. Claire Trickey is senior ergonomist and James Bowden is director of occupationalphysiotherapy at OH consultancy COPE References 1. HSC (1999/2000) Health and Safety Statistics – A National StatisticsPublication. www.statistics.gov.uk2. Jones JR, Hodgson JT, Clegg TA. (1998) Self-reported work-related illnessin 1995 HSE Books. 3. Physiotherapy Workforce Statistics (1995-2000) A report for the CharteredSociety of Physiotherapy. 4. www.csp.org.uk5. Information Sheet 2/99/EMSU Economic Impact: Revised data from theself-reported work-related illness survey in 1995 (SW195). 6. HSE (1996) The costs to Britain of workplace accidents and work-relatedill health in 1995/96. HSE Books. 7. Hochanadel CD, Conrad DE (1993) Evolution of on-site industrial physicaltherapy program. Journal of Occupational Medicine, 35(10): 1011-1016. 8. Bonsall JL et al (1991) Effect of Physiotherapy on Sickness Absence inIndustry: A Comparative Study. Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine,41(4): 176-180. 9. COPE – in-house statistics. Provision of physiotherapy in variousindustries. Not in the public domain. Cost savingsHow the cost savings were achieved– By treating the problem andtreating it rapidly– By amending the workplace– By eliminating travel time away from work– By decreasing staff turnover– By boosting morale On the spotOn 1 Oct 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Naughty Professor Discusses Bringing The Taste Of New Orleans To NYC For Upcoming Gig

first_imgNew Orleans-based future funk act Naughty Professor is heading to New York City on Thursday, March 23rd at American Beauty – with special guest vocalist Cole DeGenova (purchase tickets here). With a frontline horn section, and a jazz-inspired, funk-formulating rhythm section, anything is possible with these guys. With the release of 2016’s In The Flesh, the group catapulted into the spotlight, garnering the respect from fellow Big Easy musicians and acts such as George Porter Jr., The Revivalists, Galactic, and Rebirth Brass Band.Now, with a new album on the way Identity, featuring special guest collaborators from the New Orleans music scene, the sound of Naughty Professor is even more refined. Similar to the approach of fellow instrumental jazz/funk experts Snarky Puppy and their Family Dinner sessions, the band’s upcoming album will feature special guest spots from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Benny Bloom (Lettuce), Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and many more. We caught up with drummer Sam Shahin to discuss what they’re up to. Read below!Live For Live Music: It’s been over 2 years since you’ve all graduated college and been able to fully submerge yourself in the life of a touring band. Tell us about this experience.Sam Shahin: It’s a life-changing experience immersing yourself in every aspect of the band. We have tried to stay diligent in every aspect, and ultimately playing live is the strongest way to create a direct connection. Meeting the myriad of wonderful folks who have supported us both on and off stage has been a real thrill.L4LM: Typically an instrumental band, you’re gearing up to release a new album “Identity” with guest vocalists. Can you tell us about what made you decide to introduce these characters to your plot?SS: Every song on “Identity” has a featured artist, including a wide range of vocalists and instrumentalists. We all have so many musical interests and influences as individuals, and the prospect of expanding what our ensemble could do was very exciting. Joining forces in the creative process was very important to us throughout, as the collaborators on this album were chosen because we have such a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and felt that they could be a complement to our ensemble.L4LM: Sharing the road with Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na must’ve been a pretty great experience. Tell us about that!SS: Chali is an absolute monster in every capacity. He tears it up on and off stage professionally (working with him in rehearsals and studio are a true joy), and that joy and passion transfer to our personal lives as well. He’s a spectacular energy force to have around.L4LM: By definition, you’re a New Orleans band. How do you translate that culture into your live performance when you’re visiting various cities around the country?SS: We have a genuine thirst for the exploration of our home city’s eclectic musical landscape. New Orleans is the reason that we were all able to come together, and it’s the reason we’ve been able to continue making music together. We all were drawn to the city, and we all have endless admiration for the history of the music culture in New Orleans. In no way are we a traditional New Orleans band, but New Orleans musical and cultural traditions have everything to do with how we make music.L4LM: What’s special about visiting NYC for you guys?SS: There’s always a cache to being in New York City because by definition you’re on the biggest stage in the country and you always have to bring your A game. It’s always exciting and inspiring being around a city with such a unique and magnificent presence.L4LM: Cole DeGenova is your special guest for this run. Tell us about his involvement.SS: Cole is perennial lover of the New Orleans music community. His involvement in our band started with our first full length album, Until the Next Time where he was featured on organ for our song “Chef’s Special.” He has fantastic talent on voice, organ, and songwriting so this album of featured artists felt like the perfect time to collaborate with him on an original song. From there, we’ve worked with him in rehearsal to play more of the vocal songs from the upcoming album Identity and his versatility has been a great asset to bringing him on the road and playing a wide variety of material.L4LM: What else can we expect from Naughty Professor’s show at American Beauty?SS: The heat.Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUT will be joining the show, featuring a full set of Brown’s hip-hop/jazz-inspired flavors with plenty of soul. Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, Mobetta dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.The combination of Naughty Professor and SOUL’D U OUT is a perfect pairing of musical tastes, with plenty of funk, soul, jazz, and beats to accommodate your palate. Don’t miss out on this incredible lineup, and purchase tickets to American Beauty this Thursday, March 23rd here.– Show Info –Artist: Naughty Professor with support from Maurice “Mobetta” Brown and SOUL’D U OUTVenue: American Beauty NYCDate: Thursday – March 23rd, 2017Ages: 21+Tickets: $12.50adv / $15dos (Purchase HERE)last_img read more

3 ways to sell your house fast

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details When you decide that it’s time to trade-in your abode for a new one, it’s easy to get impatient about selling your home. If you’ve found your dream home and you want your current house to sell fast, here are few tips that can get your house sold in a jiffy…Clean house: There are a lot of areas in your home that can easily get ignored when it comes to cleaning your house. When was the last time you wiped down the baseboards in your home? The top of the door frames? Focus on cleaning your home like you’ve never cleaned before and you can really impress potential buyers.De-clutter: You have too much stuff. We all do. You may have a spacious living room, but if there’s way too much furniture in there, no one is going to be able to tell just how great it is. Have a yard sale, donate stuff to charity, or rent a storage unit. Do whatever you need to do to really be able to show off how awesome your home is.Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes: Think about the way you looked at houses when you were looking for that dream home. What did you look for? What did you care about? Think on whether or not your home will pass those tests with potential buyers. If you see anything that would bother you, paint it, fix it, or replace it.last_img read more

RIO $1M Year-end Extravaganza tournament officially launched!

first_img– 24 teams will head into action on Thursday eveningIT is no doubt the largest pay-out in the indoor football format and starting on Thursday (November 14), 24 of the country’s top teams in the indoor format of the game, will begin the journey to cash in on the Rio Year-end Extravaganza’s $1M first place prize. No tournament before has offered a seven-figure pay day until now, and at the official launch of the tournament yesterday at the Rio Night Club, the organisers are promising  more than just a huge payday for the players.Gold is Money, Bent Street, Back Circle, Sparta Boss, Leopold Street, LA Ballers, Future Stars, Avocado Ballers, Tiger Bay, Sophia, Albouystown A and B, Showstoppers, Alexander Village, Rio All Stars, Melanie, Buxton Diamond, BV, Stabroek Ballers, New Market Street, Ol Skool Ballers, Island All Stars, Broad Street, and Silver Bullets are the teams that will feature in the tournament, which will be played at the National Gymnasium.The teams will be divided into six groups of four with the top two gaining automatic qualification, while the four best third place teams will join them in the round of sixteen when the knockout phase commences.The teams were meticulously selected by the organisers, who ensured that the best exponents of the format will be in action over the eight days of competition.It therefore means that fans are guaranteed a high quality of play, while they too could enjoy give backs by entering a competition that will see 10 of them win $2000 each night.The tournament will run through to December 14 when the final will be played.  The other playing days are November 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and December 7. The winning team is set to receive $1M, while second, third and fourth place finishers will be rewarded with $400,000, $200,000 and $100,000, respectively along with beautiful trophies.The organisers are aiming to make the tournament a memorable one for fans, while also rewarding teams and their supporters for the Christmas season.At the launch of the event, it was stated that both members of the Guyana Police Force and Private Security have been retained to ensure that fans in attendance feel secure. Giveaways and other incentives for the fans will be a feature every night of play.last_img read more

Field House of Dreams

first_imgSUNDEEP MALLADI/Herald photoUniversity of Wisconsin athletics holds one of the best home advantages in the nation. While the Badgers men’s basketball team won all 19 of its home games this past season, it’s not the Kohl Center. Nor is it Camp Randall. However, it is located just off of Breese Terrace.Since 1930, the UW Field House has provided Wisconsin volleyball with one of the top home-court advantages in the country. And believe it or not, the Field House is nationally recognized.”The size of our crowds and the history of the building are known nationwide,” said UW volleyball head coach Pete Waite in a statement. “The Field House and the fans are two of the major reasons top recruits say they want to play for Wisconsin.”It’s even listed on the National Register of Historical Places.As of late, the Field House has been one of the best places to catch an NCAA volleyball match. Mainly due to its high attendance numbers (second in the nation with 4,328 per contest last season), the Field House hosted the prestigious AVCA Volleyball Showcase last fall, playing host to top-ranked Ohio, Texas and Washington. Furthermore, Wisconsin has hosted the NCAA tournament’s first and second rounds for the past three seasons. While some of that has to do with the Badgers’ success in recent seasons (UW has reached at least the Sweet 16 the past three years), most of it has to do with the Field House itself. Some of the best volleyball teams in the nation have missed out on hosting the first and second rounds due to subpar home venues.Even though Waite has been satisfied with having the start of the tournament at home, he wants a little bit more in 2007. For next season, he is pushing strong for Madison to be one of the regional sites.With one of the best classes to come through Wisconsin volleyball becoming seniors (starters Jackie Simpson, Taylor Reineke, Jocelyn Wack, as well as key contributors Amanda Berkley, Megan Mills and Maya Carroll), Waite knows having potential Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Field House would be an ideal situation.”We’re going to be putting in for regionals next year,” Waite said at a Dec. 4 press conference. “That’s something you look at for your team and their strength and their maturity, because had we put in for this year, then we probably wouldn’t get it next year, and we’ve got a group that will hopefully get even stronger next season.”The only thing better would be to host the NCAA championships, as the Field House did in 1993.But the Field House isn’t just the home to Wisconsin volleyball. The UW wrestling team also holds its home matches at the Field House. Like volleyball, the Badgers’ wrestling team has enjoyed success at home in recent years. Last season, Wisconsin’s only home losses came to No. 1 Minnesota and No. 9 Illinois.While only volleyball and wrestling call it home today, the Field House’s history includes many more UW teams under its roof.Prior to the opening of the Kohl Center in 1998, the UW Field House was the premiere sporting venue on campus after football season as both the men’s and women’s basketball teams played there. Before Alando Tucker outdid him by 70 points, ex-Badger and current San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Michael Finley became the school’s all-time leading scorer in Camp Randall’s backyard.Also, from 1933 to 1960, Wisconsin dominated the NCAA boxing ranks in the Field House. Since the program’s beginning, John Walsh set the standard for coaching in collegiate boxing. In 25 seasons (1933 to 1958), Walsh produced 38 NCAA individual champions and made the Field House the hot ticket on UW’s campus.Wisconsin’s boxing team regularly put 15,000 in the seats of what was then known as “The Barn.” According to Doug Moe’s book “Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team,” on the same night 11,000 people went to see heavyweight champion Joe Lewis defend his belt in New York’s Madison Square Garden, 15,200 were in attendance for Wisconsin’s home dual match with Michigan State.While the boxing team was cut from UW athletics in 1960, its numerous banners still hang inside the Field House to this date, outnumbering both wrestling and volleyball’s awards combined.And although it may be not be noticeable in the shadows of Camp Randall, the UW Field House remains as one of the most historic athletic facilities in the country.last_img read more

Joseph pushes tempo, guides Syracuse past Holy Cross

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It took one dribble, one look up court and one flick of his right wrist for Kaleb Joseph to throw a three-quarter-court pass right into the chest of Rakeem Christmas.Christmas caught it, gathered himself in the paint and threw down a two-handed dunk, which prompted a Holy Cross timeout and set Joseph off.“Come on, that’s basketball!” Joseph yelled as he high-fived his teammates.Then the freshman point guard escaped the huddle and stood alone by the Orange’s bench, where he took a quick breather before returning to the court and pushing the tempo some more.“I think the second half we came out a little slow, we had a few mental lapses and they capitalized off of that,” Joseph said. “So I definitely made it a point to really force the issue and get out and run.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Syracuse (5-1) followed Joseph’s lead, it pulled away from the Crusaders (3-1) in a 72-48 win in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. Joseph played 35 minutes — which was tied for a team-high with fellow freshman Chris McCullough — and tallied a career high 14 points with seven rebounds and six assists.And while his four turnovers showed he’s still in the thick of his maturation process, he scored eight of his 14 in the second half and was 5-for-6 from the line down the stretch.“With a team like this, like Holy Cross, they’re going to pressure you, you don’t just want to sit back and go backward and let them trap you,” SU guard Trevor Cooney said. “You want to attack it. And he did a great job in the second half of just attacking it.”From the start, the Crusaders played a full-court press, looking to speed up the game.It was the kind of pressure that hasn’t been too kind to Joseph this season, but by the second half he was beating Holy Cross with its own approach. A minute and a half after finding Christmas from the backcourt, Joseph extended the zone to around halfcourt and got Crusaders guard Justin Burrell to dribble off his own leg and out of bounds.With under six minutes to play, he rolled off a screen on an in-bounds play, caught the pass and then zipped the ball into Christmas for another uncontested dunk. Then he took a rebound coast-to-coast to draw and foul and finished his day by euro-stepping around Burrell, drawing a foul and polishing off a three-point play with a free throw.“(Joseph) really stepped up,” Christmas said. “We’re at our best when he’s playing like that.”In his convincing second-half play were two missed fastbreak layups. Joseph didn’t say he was fouled or unfocused in those moments, instead summing them up with the same two words he yelled after his best play of the night.“Sometimes that sh*t just doesn’t go in,” Joseph said. “That’s the way it is. That’s basketball.” Comments Published on November 29, 2014 at 12:48 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more