As a teacher, you contribute to society in a pivotal way. You make a difference in the lives of your students every day. This career comes with many rewards and may fulfill your dreams.
However, teaching also presents several risks and challenges to your health and wellbeing. Unhealthy environments, students with behavioral issues and out-of-touch administrators may cause or contribute to on-the-job injuries and illnesses. Here are a few ways you may get hurt in your role as an educator:
1. Repetitive motions and overexertion
Teaching requires you to do a lot of repetitive activities for long periods of time, including:
- Writing on a chalkboard
- Typing on a keyboard
- Grading papers
While these duties may seem normal, they can hurt you. Performing one action over and over or for too long can lead to musculoskeletal complications, such as back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome. You should get enough rest and ergonomic training to prevent these kinds of injuries.
2. Fall accidents
Schools can be full of accidents waiting to happen. A spill in the breakroom, freshly mopped hallways and cluttered classrooms are all potential hazards that may make you slip or trip. You may also need to use step stools or ladders, which you may fall from and get hurt.
3. Violent students
While you love your students, sometimes you may encounter some problems. Unfortunately, some pupils may act out against you in aggressive ways. In 2016, 10 percent of teachers in public schools reported receiving threats of violence from students. Sadly, it is possible that you may become a victim of violence as a teacher. Potential acts of violence against educators include stabbings, assaults and use of a deadly weapon.
While you may love educating the leaders of tomorrow, your job can sometimes take a toll on your health. If you get hurt or sick while teaching, look into your compensation options.