Backpack fittings Thursday at ALMH to help prevent student injuries          Send a link to a friend

[August 08, 2007]  The ALMH Rehab Department is offering free backpack fittings from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday in Conference Room B at the hospital.

The backpack fittings will teach each student how to properly fill their backpacks, sit with good posture while wearing one, what the best fit is for each student, and how to identify signs of stress before becoming injured.

Every year, nearly 20,000 students sustain backpack-related injuries ranging from pencil pokes and tripping over their bag, to chronic neck and shoulder pain and even tension headaches.

In extreme cases, mild scoliosis can result from kids using a single shoulder strap instead of balancing the load between both straps.

The backpack fittings are free and open to all students. No appointment is necessary, but youth should bring their backpacks.

For additional information regarding the backpack clinic, call April Jensen at 732-5068.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]

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