This page contains information on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), ergonomic advice, and resources available in the Brown community. The advice here should not be used in lieu of contacting a medical professional.

Additional resources are available in the Department of Computer Science through the "ergo merc": we have a pool of keyboards and mice that you can use to evaluate before buying and lots of practical advice on RSI prevention, treatment, insurance difficulties, etc. Please email the ergo merc (currently Ben Abbatematteo if you have any questions or need assistance.

Useful links

Brown Resources

Brown University EHS staff are available upon request to assess workstation ergonomic needs for Brown faculty, staff and students. They are also available to meet with departments proactively to provide Office Ergonomics Training. EHS offers a guide to Sit Stand Adjustable Workstation Guidance.

Quick Healthy Working Tips

Modifying your behavior to practice healthy work habits (along with regular work breaks, described here) will vastly help you prevent and recover from typing injury. Take the time to look down at your hands occasionally to make sure your forearms are in neutral, prone positions (straight lines, as depicted below) and not twisted or bent. It can take weeks or months to re-train yourself, but this process is essential to preventing pain and injury.