Stretch yourself

6th April 2001 at 01:00
(Photograph) - STRETCH YOURSELF: Arsenal Football Club is lending its support to the Body Action Campaign's "Stretch Don't Strain" initiative to make students aware of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) . BAC's Bunny Martin says no footballer would step on to the pitch without stretching first, and computer and games users should also adopt a stretching and exercise routine. BAC claims that up to half the pupils in some London schools have had RSI symptoms. Dean, a 13-year-od Peckham pupil, has been using a PC for more than six years and realises the pains in his fingers, arms and neck stem from sitting at the keyboard for five hours a day. However, simple measures can prevent RSI and BAC runs training courses for teachers. BAC is supported by the National Union of Teachers and is holding talks with the Department for Education and Employment. Tel: 020 8682 2154 or


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