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Over 79% of school bags are too heavy!

January 24, 2018

Adult back pain and spinal disorders may stem from childhood activities including carrying a heavily loaded backpack for twelve years or more of schooling. Many of the current bags children are using may be fashionable, but unless they allow for even distribution across the back, they can cause pain.

 

According to an international study, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be heavy by 79.1% of children, to cause fatigue by 65.7%, and to cause back pain by 46.1%*.

 

Some general tips for carrying backpacks:

  • Backpacks should be ideally no heavier than 10% of a student's weight when packed.

  • Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized - no wider than the student's chest

  • Put comfort and fit at the top of the priority list, rather than good looks

  • Choose a backpack with broad, padded shoulder straps

  • Use both shoulder straps - never sling the pack over one shoulder

  • Use waist straps attached - they are there for a good reason

  • Don't wear the backpack any lower than the hollow of the lower back

  • Don't overload the backpack - use school lockers and plan homework well in advance

  • Place all heavy items at the base of the pack, close to the spine, for a better distribution of the weight

     

If you have any concerns about the effects of your child’s backpack on their spinal health, bring them in to see one of the chiropractors here at Synergy Sports and Wellness.

 

* Negrini, S., & Carabalona, R. (2002). Backpacks on! Schoolchildren’s Perceptions of Load, Associations with Back Pain and Factors Determining the Load. Spine , 27(2), 187-195.

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