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Good Samaritan Health Center Back to School Clinic and Block Party

The Good Samaritan Health Center Back to School Clinic and Block Party was held on Saturday, August 3rd, outside the Good Samaritan Health Center of Atlanta building. Five DPT students volunteered along with Rob Riesing, PT, DPT, and Becca Grant, PT, DPT, PCS, to provide a Backpack Clinic for the children in attendance. At the Backpack Clinic station the students educated children and their parents on the appropriate placement and weight of backpacks to prevent back pain and injury. The children tried “racing to class” with both with a heavy pack and then with a pack of the appropriate weight to compare. The APTA and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommend that children carry no more than 10-15% of their body weight in their backpacks. The children were weighed and 10-15% of their body weight was calculated and recorded for their parents’ reference in preparation for return to school. The event was a great success. DPT students and children enjoyed the learning experience.

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