Cohort study of physical activity and injury among Latino farm workers

Hong Xiao, Maria Stoecklin-Marois, Chin-Shang Li, Stephen A Mccurdy, Marc B Schenker

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Introduction: This study characterized physical activity and its association with injury among Latino farm workers. Methods: An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to collect baseline and follow-up data on 843 and 640 Latino farm workers, respectively. Participants were 18-55 years old, engaged in farm work and residing in Mendota, CA at baseline interview. The questionnaire assessed self-reported physical activity and risk of injury. Results: The 12 month prevalence of injury decreased from 9.0% at baseline to 6.9% at follow up interview. In GEE models adjusted for age, follow-up time, gender, smoking, income and years working in agriculture, poor/fair self-assessed health status (OR=1.82, 95% CI: 1.18-2.82) and 2-3hr per day of sitting/watching TV/using a computer (OR=0.50, 95% CI: 0.30-0.83) were significantly associated with injury. Conclusions: Physical activity was not associated with injury in this population. Efforts to reduce injuries should focus on known risk factors such as poor health status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-745
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Agriculture
  • Farmworker
  • Hispanic
  • Injury
  • Latino
  • Physical activity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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