Administrators Victoria Leigh Posted August 11, 2004 Administrators Report Share Posted August 11, 2004 Parents, as the beginning of school approaches and you and your dancers shop for school supplies I just want to bring up again the subject of the danger of backpacks. Carrying books, lots of very heavy books and binders, on your back is just NOT something that young people should do, and ESPECIALLY not young dancers! I cannot stress this strongly enough. These packs are causing horrendous damage in the head, neck and upper back areas. Even if the child is not injured to the point of pain, just do me a favor and take a look at them as they walk with those things. Where is the head in relation to the top of the spine? Where are the shoulders? Watch these children walk down the street looking like a 90 year old hunchback. It is seriously frightening. I have constant problems in ballet classes with heads protruding forward, and this is one of THE MOST difficult things to correct. It simply cannot be done as long as the child continues to do what is causing the problem in the first place. The head is the heaviest part of the body, and when it is off-kilter then the whole structure is not aligned and balanced. Students wonder why they can't turn and balance, for instance. Well DUH! There is no balance pointe when the very top of the structure is not sitting on the top! I really don't want discussion on this. We have been there and done that over and over. This is a PLEA to the parents to take action and get rid of these things. Enough said. If you want a child with a strong, straight spine as an adult, not to mention a DANCER, then LOSE THE BACKPACKS!!! Subject closed. Quote Link to comment
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