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Carrying backpacks doesn’t cause back pain in children and teenagers

Children and adolescents who carry backpacks aren’t at higher risk of developing back pain, according to a study published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). Researchers found no evidence to suggest a link between carrying a heavy backpack and back pain in these age groups.

WA junior sports urged to tone down contact for fear of lifelong injuries

Junior sport is taking a heavy toll on WA children, with a landmark report showing a rise in injuries and doctors warning that kids as young as 10 are undergoing knee reconstructions and other surgery.

Want your kids to do well this year? Get them physically active!

Getting kids away from screens and being physically active is not only good for their mental and physical health, it also boosts their academic prowess.

Physiotherapy helping children's brains as well as their bodies

Physical activity in children has been linked to improved scholastic performance, following two separate studies conducted to analyse the impact of exercise in children and youth.

No shortage of obese kids 'waisting' their school years

Want your kids to do well at school this year? Get them physically active!

Getting kids away from screens and being physically active is not only good for their mental and physical health, it also boosts their academic prowess. So says two separate research papers - the Copenhagen Consensus Statement1, which gathered research from a variety of academic disciplines to determine the effects of physical activity in children and youth, and the Active Brains study2 released in November by the University of Granada.

Physio recommendations to support healthy back to school habits

With the official start of the school year at the end of the month, parents will no doubt be thinking about book lists, uniform requirements and the dreaded lunch box dilemma––healthy items their kids will actually eat! But two often overlooked areas of the back to school discussion are arguably two of the most important—what type and how they use their backpack, and what they wear on their feet.

Mentor facilitated physical activity program achieves more than just fitter bodies for youth with disability

Top international and national minds are gathering in Sydney this week for the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) MOMEMTUM 2017 scientific conference. One of these is La Trobe University’s Professor Nora Shields, who will present the results of an innovative study that has since transitioned into an ongoing physical activity program for young people with disability.

Robotic rehabilitation comes to Australia

Children with serious neurological conditions will benefit from the increasing global presence of artificial intelligence and robotics, with the opening of Australia's first robotic rehabilitation gym.

APA members nominated for prestigious HESTA Primary Health Care Awards

The APA is proud to announce that a number of its members have been nominated as national finalists for the 2017 HESTA awards, which recognise the country’s most outstanding healthcare professionals across the categories of Individual Distinction, Team Excellence and Young Leader.

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