Category: Karen Jacobs

National Day of Service generates new wave of volunteers

January 20th, 2013 in 2013, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYThe Pendulum
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

The service fair tent on the National Mall swelled with energy Jan. 19 as volunteers young and old convened to participate in the National Day of Service, an inauguration weekend tradition President Barack Obama initiated to honor Martin Luther King, Jr…

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Generation Y Back Pain: Millennials’ Technology Habits May Put Them At Increased Risk For Back Pain

November 28th, 2012 in 2012, Huffington Post, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYHuffington Post
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Michael MacIsaac, a 24-year-old law student in Victoria, describes the neck pain he experiences after hunching over his laptop as “a little unbearable.”…

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Dr. Karen Jacobs and why your backpack is all wrong

October 1st, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYWTBU News
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Dr. Karen Jacobs, occupational therapist and clinical professor at BU’s Sargent College, is a backpack expert…

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Lighten the Load on Backpack Awareness Day

September 19th, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYThe Epoch Times
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Take some weight off your shoulders today because Sep. 19 is National School Backpack Awareness Day…

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Overweight school backpacks hazardous to your child’s health

September 12th, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYShore News Today
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Think the books and school supplies that your child is carrying in a backpack slung haphazardly across one shoulder are harmless? Think again…

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Boston University Sargent College Ergonomic Expert asks Students ‘What’s in your Backpack?’

September 7th, 2012 in Karen Jacobs, News Releases, Sargent College 0 comments

Contact: Stephanie Rotondo, (617) 353-7476, rotondos@bu.edu

(Boston) — In honor of National School Backpack Awareness Day™ on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, Dr. Karen Jacobs, a Boston University Sargent College occupational therapy professor and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), will be conducting “weigh-ins” at a Boston area school to ensure that the weight of kids’ backpacks exceeds no more than 10% of their body weight. This annual event helps educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, and the community about the serious health problems associated with wearing a backpack incorrectly.

Jacobs and graduate OT students from Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College will be at the Jackson Mann School in Brighton, MA from 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. on September 19th and at St. Mary of the Assumption Rectory School in Brookline, MA at 1:15 p.m.  Jacobs and her graduate students will weigh the backpacks of elementary school students and offer guidance on the best way to wear a backpack. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to aching back and shoulders, weakened muscles, and stooped posture.

“More than 72 million American school children will be wearing a backpack to and from school every day this academic year. And as OT’s, we’re concerned about the increasingly serious problem posed by improper school backpack use,” says Jacobs.  “We risk doing long-term damage to our kids’ growing bodies by remaining silent on this public health issue.”

Jacobs advises minimizing long-term health problems by loading the heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arranging books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack.

Jacobs supports the effectiveness of backpack education. In a study, almost 8 out of 10 middle school children who had been educated on backpack safety subsequently changed how they loaded their backpacks and ultimately, reported less pain and strain in their backs, necks, and shoulders.

Dr. Karen Jacobs is a sought after ergonomics expert who champions backpack and computer safety for children and teens. She conducts research, writes, and speaks about these topics regularly. She is a clinical professor of occupational therapy at Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, the former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and a recent winner of the Eleanor Clarke Slagle Award, the highest academic honor given by the AOTA.  Jacobs is the recent author of the children’s book How Full is Sophia’s Backpack which integrates tips on proper backpack usage into its imaginative story.

Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College is an institution of higher education, which fosters critical and innovative thinking to best serve the health care needs of society through academics, research, and clinical practice. As reported by U.S. News and World Report, its graduate programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Physical Therapy are ranked in the top 8% of all programs while Occupational Therapy is #2 in the nation.  For more information and to learn about degree programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech, language and hearing sciences, health science, athletic training, human physiology, behavior and health, and nutrition, visit bu.edu/sargent.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 32,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

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Kids computer chairs

August 22nd, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College, Washington Post 0 comments

SARFACULTYWashington Post
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

As you plan for the start of another school year, consider the chair your child will be using at the computer…

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AOTA Offers Tips To Protect Against Low Back Pain Resulting From Heavy Or Incorrectly Worn Backpacks

August 10th, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

SARFACULTYRehab Management
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

n response to the approaching school year and September 19 National School Backpack Awareness Day, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has released key recommendations to protect against the potentially long-lasting low back pain that can develop as a result of incorrectly wearing backpacks or carrying heavy backpacks…

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Ergonomics–Staying Healthy When Using Technology

April 19th, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

Health Literacy Out Loud
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

A primary focus of Dr. Jacobs’ research is about ergonomics. Specifically, how using notebook computers, tablets, backpacks, and other technology affects students of all ages…

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Grad students spread word in Capitol about occupational therapy

April 10th, 2012 in 2012, Karen Jacobs, Newsmakers, Sargent College 0 comments

Boston Herald
Karen Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

Legislators who haul around a year’s worth of paperwork beware…

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