On September 19, 2017, students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program presented a lunch & learn on injury prevention and ergonomics for students in UConn’s School of Dental Medicine. The dental students had requested the presentation due to the prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries in dentists. Almost 30 percent of early retirement among dentists is due to a musculoskeletal disorder, and one in three dentists will be disabled during their career.

Sarah Deacon, Marissa St. Louis and Allison Wagner, second-year physical therapy students, spoke about the most common musculoskeletal injuries in dental professionals; ergonomics and body mechanics to minimize risk of injury; key stretching, strength, and endurance exercises to support the sustained postures required for dental work; and recommendations for risk reduction strategies outside the workplace.