Backpack Safety

Now we are about a month or so into the school year and we are all starting to settle into the school rhythm. But now is also when we start to see the symptoms of bad postures from desks and the computers at school. Another culprit many of us don’t look at to be the cause of the symptoms that our children are experiencing is the backpacks that we are sending them to school with. In this post we are going to give you some advice about backpack safety and when it is time to schedule the appointment for your son or daughter.

 

What is a safe backpack weight?

Researchers say a child's backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of what the student weighs. They add that trolley backpacks should weigh less than 20 percent of a child's weight. Experts say heavy backpacks can cause muscle soreness as well as back and neck pain.

 

Tips for Proper Use of Backpacks

Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems.

 

Although they are linked to posture problems, heavy backpacks do not cause scoliosis. Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that often shows up in children during adolescence.

 

Choosing the Right Backpack

When choosing a backpack, look for one that is appropriate for the size of your child. In addition, look for some of the following features:

 

Injury Prevention

To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:

 

 

Tips for Parents

Parents can help ensure their child's safety by doing the following:

Author
Casey Walker, D.C. Casey Walker, D.C. is the founder of R2 Wellness Centers a chiropractic clinic, family-owned and operated in Lowell, Indiana. R2 Wellness Centers mission is, to create health within so that you can live your life free from pain and suffering, Live Your Life, Today. He has been practicing chiropractic since graduating from Palmer Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2005. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling and fly-fishing.

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