Ask any student and they’ll tell you that one of the best parts of back to school is getting new gear, whether it’s clothes or school supplies. But, when it comes to choosing a backpack, the decision should not be made on style alone.
In fact, backpacks should be considered more like sports equipment—you need the right fit in order to avoid injury. That because studies have shown that the weight that kids carry on their backs can injure spines, shoulders, and lower backs. That’s because kids carry more than 10-15% of their body weight in their backpacks. This also means that—according to the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations—up to 60% of children will experience back pain by the time they reach the age of 18.
Avoid backpack injuries with these tips:
· Look for wide shoulder straps that are padded.
· Make sure to get a bag that fits properly—not too big or small.
· Always wear both shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly.
· If there is a waist strap, use it.
· Tighten the shoulder straps so that the bag sits two inches above the waist.
· Heavier items should be placed closest to the body.
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