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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

Question & Answer

Question

Is it safe for a teen who is still growing to do manual labor with heavy equipment?

Answer

‚ÄčOur knowledge about occupational back injury and about overuse injuries among young gymnasts and baseball players suggests that periods of rapid growth may put an individual at increased risk of severe and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, especially if there are too many repetitions of a movement.

This has implications for farm work, cashier work, and any work with repetitive motion.

Source: Pediatric Environmental Health, 3rd Edition (Copyright © American Academy of Pediatrics 2011)