One quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain.

Backcare awareness week has been organised by Backcare, the national charity for healthier backs. Founded in 1968 it aims to significantly reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and advice to all people and organisations affected by back pain.

One of the highlights of this campaign has been to focus on back pain prevention in children.

Some the things they highlighted are:

  • one quarter of UK secondary school pupils suffer from regular or daily back pain.
  • school bag burden was associated with a ten fold higher rate of back pain.
  • back pain was also linked to prolonged sitting and inactivity.


At froc we have been banging on about the sedentary nature of our lives for years. What concerns us is that the vast majority of us adults had a more active childhood than our children and we still suffer from back pain. It appears that within a generation our children aren’t getting that good physical foundation that will set them up for the years ahead.

Here’s some of the evidence:

  • According to data from 28 countries, children’s aerobic fitness has declined 5 percent since 1975. It now takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than 30 years ago.
  • Researchers at the University of South Australia found that children who are aerobically fit are more likely to be fit as adults.
  • A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association measured the physical activity of 1000 children in 10 cities. At age nine they were exercising at least three hours a day. This dropped to less than one hour by the time they hit fifteen.
  • Recent data from the Canadian Health Measures Survey suggest that only 7% of children and youth aged 6-19 years participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to high intensity exercise per day.

In 2011 the  Internal Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity published a systematic review of sedentary behaviour and health indicators in school aged children and youth.

They reviewed 232 studies involving nearly one million participants and their conclusions were:

  1. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour are pervasive and persistent public health challenges to overcome.
  2. It is believed that a multi-level, multi-sectoral approach is required for this to be successful.
  3. A reduction in sedentary behaviour may be easier than increasing physical activity as there are fewer restrictions such as cost, time, changing clothes or using special equipment.
  4. Children and youths should watch less than two hours of television per day.

We are all responsible for this and it’s up to us to make the change. As parents we need to get our kids moving more. We are their greatest influence. Some children are doing only one hour of PE at school a week, why not one hour a day? Politicians can change this, instead of being obsessed with academia they should make physical activity of greater importance. Fit kids think better, achieve more and are Ill less often, it’s a win win situation.

For the reasons above froc treats lots of children. If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please call us on 01342 823722 or email us at admin@