ARE BAD DESKS INJURING SCHOOL KIDS?
You just bought yourself a nice ergonomic chair for your desk. It wasn’t cheap, but who needs back pain?
Meanwhile, back at school, guess what’s happening to junior? He’s doing contortions to squeeze into his crap school desk.
Is this bad?
Ana Assunção is in the Biomechanics and Functional morphology Lab at the University of Lisbon. She was the lead in a project to figure out why so many students (two thirds of the ones she studied) have back pain. It didn’t seem right that so many kids between 12 and 15 years old were gimping around like their elders.
What she discovered is that poor fitting school desks and too heavy backpacks are a lethal combo. What she didn’t discover is where school systems will find the money to do a better job with the furniture.
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The drawing is mine