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Repetitive Strain Injury

Jill Webster Ph.D., Utah State University


Repetitive Strain Injury is a serious condition that is painful and often debilitating. Also known as Cumulative Trauma Disorder, RSI occurs from physical movements that are repeated with a high rate of frequency. These repetitive motions damage the soft body tissues (tendons, cartilage, nerves, ligaments, and muscles) that are involved in producing the motion. RSI is not a condition that is age specific affecting young people who are considered to be in good physical health. The good news is that RSI is much easier to prevent than to cure once it has developed.