Category: Back pain in children

Back pain in young adults

Back pain in young adults

01/06/2012 | By

Half of all adults aged 18-35 now experience back pain. The cost to society is around £12.3 billion a year. As Acting CEO of BackCare I fronted new research for the ‘Can You Feel My Pain?‘ campaign linking it to the ‘sit still’ culture in our schools and offices. This is what the Daily Telegraph […]

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BBC News: School bags ’cause back pain’

BBC News: School bags ’cause back pain’

16/05/2012 | By

Rucksacks loaded with school books have been linked to higher levels of back pain in a study of Spanish school children. The findings, reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood, said many pupils had “excessively loaded” backpacks. This was linked to higher levels of back pain in the 1,403 school children taking part in the […]

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The 360 degree flexible classroom

The 360 degree flexible classroom

07/05/2012 | By

One of the highlights of my time at the Design Council was producing the 360 degree flexible classroom as the centrepiece of the Schools Renaissance campaign. This is what the Observer made of it. “Inside a dingy-looking prefab hut near the Toxteth area of Liverpool, an experiment is determining the shape of things to come; […]

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Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

Posture, children and heavy schoolbags

24/04/2012 | By

Did you know that children carry around 20% of their bodyweight to and from school? Or that children are exempted from Health and Safety Executive covering the design of the furniture that they use? As a result, we are presently seeing an enormous increase in the number of young people reporting neck and back problems. […]

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Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

Is your child’s heavy schoolbag harming their health?

24/04/2012 | By

As it’s revealed many youngsters haul half their body weight… Is your child’s school bag harming their spine? By Louise Atkinson PUBLISHED: 02:59, 15 May 2012 | UPDATED: 10:09, 15 May 2012 1st 4lb: Rachel Purvis, ten, is carrying 28 per cent of her body weight with all her school bags For most parents, it’s […]

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Are you sitting comfortably?

Are you sitting comfortably?

08/04/2012 | By | Add a Comment

As Chair of the charity Pain UK, and as a former trustee and (interim) CEO of the national charity BackCare, I have spent many years campaiging to improve children’s physical wellbeing at school. I wrote this article for Century 21 Schools shortly after setting up Stakeholder Design. At the time of writing I was on a […]

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