We don’t usually associate back pain with school-going kids, but it happens to be quite prevalent amongst them. School-going children experience backaches because of multiple reasons including muscle strain, nonspecific pain, herniated disk, scoliosis, spondylolysis, and Scheuermann’s kyphosis.
Although simple muscle strains are rare in children, severe spinal issues like spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis are becoming quite common.
Let’s take a look at why children are experiencing back pain at such a young age:
Repetitive Motions from Sports
In a time where children are spending excessive time behind computer screens, it’s a relief knowing that they play sports. However, repetitive movements in sports can put the mat risk of injuries and back pain.
Children should avoid excessive training and their coaches should address improper techniques right away. In the meantime, core-strengthening exercises that focus on the major muscles in the body should be incorporated into their daily routine.
Children should also consider cross-training in another area to boost the strengths of their core muscles and break the body’s focus on repetitive actions made by specific muscle groups.
Carrying Excessive Weight in their Backpacks
Students don’t often realize how bad carrying heavy backpacks can be for their backs. It’s not surprising to see students lugging around backpacks that weigh30% of their own weight. Heavy backpacks aren’t just uncomfortable for students but they’re also the leading cause of intense back pain amongst them.
New ergonomic office chairs and mattresses are introduced to the market year after year. Medical evidence shows that sitting for prolonged hours is awful for our health, yet we continue to ignore the fact that school going kids spend much of their time sitting at a desk.
Prolonged sitting not only deteriorates students’ physical health but it also impacts their ability to learn. Studies have shown that when students are forced to remain still, their ability to learn is compromised.
On the other hand, physical movements like stretching, standing, and marching can help the brain concentrate. If a student is having a hard time focusing due to exhaustion, they should be allowed to stand up at the back of the room for a few minutes to stretch out their muscles.
Standing-desks offer a simple yet effective solution for the prolonged sitting problem in schools. These desks are equipped with hydraulics and allow the desk to rise so students can work standing up. Stand-up desks have also shown to enhance productivity and creativity.
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