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Spinal Health Research Projects

There has been an increased awareness of the relationship between computer use and high levels of body aches and pains among adolescents. Computer use is becoming more common in South African schools due to the government's initiative to increase tuition via computers as a means to increase the educator capacity in schools and to boost careers in science and technology. However if prolonged sitting, due to computer use, occurs during a critical period of skeletal growth in the vertebral column then damage to the spinal structures can occur. Our series of school spinal health projects aim to investigate and prevent the development of spinal muscular and skeletal dysfunction among students using computers.

For further information please contact Prof Quinette Louw at 021 938 9301 or email

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