Child Orthopedics


Frequently Asked Questions

I am an elementary school nurse. It's come to my attention that our students aren't getting enough physical activity during recess. Are there any programs to help us with this?

Two programs come to mind right away. The first is the Playground Enhancement Project called PEP by everyone who uses it. PEP is run by parents, school staff, and other volunteers. The idea is to teach and model getting along while playing games. A second goal is to teach game-playing skills. You can find out more about this program by going to http://www.jrpc.org/Issues/pep/ The second program is called the Peaceful Playgrounds Program, which also happens to be known as PEP. This program has a kit with activity guides, rule books, program video, and game and activity designs painted on blacktop. There's also an equipment package you can use to start the program. This PEP has grants available each year to help schools improve their playgrounds. Check them out at http://www.peacefulplaygrounds.com .

Susan Limon, PT, et al. Children at Risk. Risk Factors for Low Back Pain in the Elementary School Environment. In Spine. March 15, 2004. Vol. 29. No. 6. Pp. 697-702.

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