Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Posture Education

A recent study from the International Journal of Sports Medicine reports on postural education on daily habits in children. One hundred thirty seven children (average age 10.7 years) were randomly divided into an experimental group who received 6 sessions of postural education over the course of 6 weeks and a control group who did not receive any intervention. Following the 6 week intervention a sum score was established from the following: correct use of sofa, stooping correctly, take care to sit correctly at home/school and frequent posture change on chair at home/school The sum score was significantly increased in the experimental group following the 6 week session and at 3 months post test compared to the control group. The researchers suggest that postural education in children may help to prevent low back pain later in life.

Reference: J. Vidal, P. A. Borras, F. B. Ortega, J. Cantallops, X. Ponseti, P. Palou Effects of Postural Education on Daily Habits in Children Int J Sports Med 2011; 32(4): 303-308 DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270469

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