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Ask a PT: How to Properly Fit a Backpack

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As students have returned to school this semester, either learning onsite at school, learning remote at home, or in some form of a hybrid model, several changes must be made. Some of these include early wakeup, a longer commute, more formal dress code, and the return of carrying books and supplies in a backpack. While some of these changes may be difficult to adjust to, the least difficult, wearing a backpack, can occasionally be the most painful. Luckily, many schools are seeing an increased trend toward online books and tablets to minimize the carrying of heavy textbooks and supplies. If your child does have to wear a backpack, here are some helpful tips for backpack fit and wear.

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Tackling the Transition: Back to School Guide for Parents & Students

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Starting a new school year can be stressful during the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused major disruptions to daily life and children are feeling these changes too, especially as we transition back to a not-so-normal school year. While the return to school will be exciting for some students (and maybe a welcome change for parents), others may be feeling anxious or frightened. Here are some tips to help you handle the back to school transition, navigate emotions your children may be experiencing, and resources for parents tackling remote learning.

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Preventing Back and Neck Pain When E-Learning

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

With the start of the school year approaching, many students are returning to e-learning formats. Students are commonly not used to sitting in front of a computer all day for school learning. Within the in-person environment, students aren’t always in front of a computer screen and generally move in the classroom or when they switch classrooms. With e-learning at home, students may be more sedentary. Neck and back pain complaints are often seen after periods of prolonged sitting, especially with poor posture. Parents and students can use these tips to help in preventing back and neck pain as students return to e-learning this year.

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Backpacks and Back Pain

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

It’s back-to-school season. Parents and kids will be shopping for school supplies and one item on many lists will be a new backpack. Before heading back to school, parents and kids should know there are recommended and not recommended ways to wear and use a backpack. Improperly fit backpacks or backpacks that are too heavy can lead to poor posture. Poor posture can be a cause of low back or neck pain.

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Tips on How to Select and Wear a Backpack

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

It’s time to think about back to school! An item that is on many back to school shopping lists is a new backpack. But did you know that there should be many considerations besides the color or design on the backpack?

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