Author(s): Sheldon MR
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Abstract Many people have advocated initiating back care education early in life because back pain and injuries are so common in the adult population. This study investigated the learning of a lifting technique and the risk factors involved in low back pain with 27 sixth-grade and 28 eighth-grade public school children. The students were instructed through verbal presentation, demonstration, and a practice session. Student performance was assessed with multiple choice tests and practical performance tests. Testing was administered prior to instruction, 2 days after instruction, and 6-7 weeks after instruction. There was a statistically significant improvement (p < 0.05) in all postinstruction scores compared with preinstruction scores in both the multiple choice and practical performance tests for both grade levels. The effectiveness of a brief instructional session on some back care education principles to children was demonstrated. Preventive intervention programs with children could be easily implemented in elementary school systems. The long-term outcome of such programs needs to be evaluated.
This article was published in J Orthop Sports Phys Ther
and referenced in Journal of Spine