One of the toughest jobs in America is teaching. It requires a certain mindset and dedication that most jobs do not require. Teaching is demanding, and the stress can take a toll.
Teaching may not seem like a job where injuries occur, but it is. If you teach, keep an eye and ear out for these common afflictions.
Among the highest incidents of workers’ compensation injuries among teachers are emotional and psychological issues due to stress. The pressure to maintain order in growing classrooms, keep test scores climbing, administer to those children who need extra help and attend conferences with teachers and other educators may cause even the strongest of wills to crack. Teachers take a lot on themselves that the school district does not provide, such as purchasing essential school supplies, snacks and other items needed but not readily available. Headaches, stomach ulcers and sleeplessness may develop in conjunction with stress.
Teaching is typically not a job done sitting down. Teachers often walk around the class or stand at the front for hours a day. If you have a previous knee or joint injury, you may start having issues. Even if you do not have problems, you may develop them. Feeling pain or pressure in your joints may signal you have suffered an injury.
Speaking for hours at a time can place a strain on your vocal cords. If your vocal cords suffer pressure, your voice may continue to sound raspy, and your throat hurt. In some instances, rest may remedy the issue; however, in other cases, a more severe intervention such as surgery is necessary.
If you teach and start experiencing aches and pains, you may want to let your school know about your symptoms. Increasing pressure may cause headaches and other physical concerns. Finally, losing your voice may seem minor, but in reality, it may signal more significant issues. Pay attention to these warning signs and receive medical intervention.