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Backpacks and Back Strain

9/29/2016

Kids have to haul a lot of things back and forth between home and school — books, folders, note pads and projects — but how much of a strain is it putting on their back? Backpacks should not weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight, depending on their age. Here are some safety tips to make the commute between home and school a little less stressful on your busy student’s back:

• Help avoid back strain by choosing a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.

• Don’t let your child overload their backpack. It should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of their body weight, depending on their age.

• Pack the heaviest items closest to the center of your child’s back for equal weight distribution.

• Make sure your child’s backpack is fitted properly and its shoulder straps are the correct length. The bottom of the backpack  should sit at our child's waist and he top of the backpack’s straps should be no lower than two inches below their shoulders.

• Remind your child to always use both shoulder straps when carrying their backpack.

What other tips do you have for lightening your student’s load? Let us know on our Facebook page.