|A student watches a tutorial on his iPad, and does the exercise a separate screen|
Why don't we hear more about it? Because people don't like to talk about it. Employers don't talk about it because they don't like being sued. Employees don't talk about it because they fear if they admit to having problems they will lose their job and perhaps their career. So get educated, look after your health, and make sure it doesn't happen to you.
First of all, don't use a mouse. At least, not for long periods of time. Long term use of the mouse will lead to repetitive strain problems. The mouse is much more dangerous than it looks.
|A mouse. More dangerous than it looks. Source: Wikipedia|
|Maya workstation with a Wacom tablet|
It is very important to get your posture right. Sit up straight, don't slouch. All the buttons on your keyboard should be within easy reach, without stretching.
|Good posture. Not just for typists, but for animators too. Source: Wikipedia|
I see students in the classroom all the time who are trying to run Maya with one hand. They are slouching, their right hand on the mouse and their left hand hanging limply at their side. You simply cannot animate this way - it just doesn't work. So pull your chair up, pull your keyboard forward so that all the keys are within easy reach of both hands, and sit up straight. You'll be glad you did.