Back Injury Prevention Techniques

With COVID-19, many people continue to work from home. Are you sitting more at a desk? Is your back sore? It has been estimated that more than one million individuals suffer back injuries in the workplace every year. A vast majority of these injuries could be prevented by making some simple changes. This Learning Lesson provides some back injury prevention tips that might help!

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Interaction Types

For decades there has been discussions of interaction types in education. (Anderson, 2003) Most interaction types observed in driver training traditionally are learner to instructor or learner to content. Moreover, most interaction time with driver training and orientation is synchronous or at the same time. This Learning Strategy is going to help you think about ways you can hold training without a physical classroom.

Interaction Time

The following Lesson is broken down into two different interaction times.

Lesson #51: Back Injury Prevention Techniques


  • Take an inventory on the health of your back.
  • Review specific ways to prevent back injuries.
  • Discuss scenarios and offer recommendations for prevention.

Estimated Time

60 minutes


  • LumaLive or similar technology
  • Back Injury Prevention eNugget® or similar online content
  • Digital Scenario Cards provided in the Back Injury Prevention eNugget® or similar online content
  • 10 Ways to Prevent Back Injuries Handout
  • Discussion board or similar technology
  • Computer or Smartphone

Instructional Procedures for Synchronous Training
(or at the same time without a classroom)

  1. Meet in Luma Live or a similar technology.
  2. AuthenticityDo a poll: How many of you experience back pain today? {YES or NO} and publish the results.
  3. AuthenticityDo a poll: How many of you have experienced back pain in the past? {YES or NO} and publish the results.
  4. EfficiencyAsk the class, “write down 10 ways to prevent back injuries.” Give them 5-10 minutes to think on their own.
  5. EfficiencyShare with them the 10 Ways to Prevent Back Injuries eNugget® or 10 Ways to Prevent Back Injuries Handout.
  6. EfficiencyDiscuss with them each point and ask if they had any differences.
  7. AuthenticityRead the scenario cards that are posted in Back Injury Prevention eNugget® and have the learners consider their choice. You can set up poll questions and have them choose. If you do not have access to the Back Injury Prevention eNugget®, create scenario cards that are applicable to your workplace and have them decide on solutions.

Instructional Procedures for Asynchronous Training
(or not at the same time)

  1. EfficiencySend out the Back Injury Prevention eNugget® or similar online content.
  2. AuthenticityConsider adding scenarios that are applicable to your workplace.
  3. EngagementSet up a discussion board with the following questions.
    Choose a question to respond to.
    a. Is there a strategy or tip that resonates with you that you are going to use to help you prevent back injuries?
    b. What questions do you still have about Back Injury Prevention?


Anderson, T. (2003). Modes of interaction in distance education: Recent developments and research questions. Handbook of distance education, 129-144.

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