Adults know that carrying a huge load on their backs may do harm over time. But children continue to walk around with monstrous backpacks on during the school year. In a study conducted by Spine Magazine, 80 percent of surveyed children said that their backpacks were heavy. So what can you do…
1. Wear both straps when wearing the backpack so that the weight is evenly distributed.
2. Position the backpack over the strongest mid-back muscles. The backpack should rest evenly and shoulder straps should allow for free movement of the arms and be easy to get on and off. Use the chest and waist straps for additional support
3. Lighten the load. Contents’ weight should be less than 10-15% of the child’s body weight
If you or your child are experiencing any pain or have sustained a recent injury, please see one of our clinicians for a complimentary injury screen and experience the power of physical therapy!
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