Tuesday, September 7, 2010

How to wear a backpack

When I was in school, I remember the “cool” way to wear your backpack was over one shoulder.  No wonder my back started hurting at such an early age.  That weight takes a toll on young backs, and from what I hear, the books have gotten heavier and more plentiful over the years.back

Dr. Andrew Casden is the associate director of Beth Israel’s Spine Institute.   Here are his 5 tips for children so that they can save themselves from backpack induced back pain.

· Reduce the weight in the pack – weight should not exceed 20% of the child’s body weight.

· Bend at the knees, not at the waist when lifting heavy packs.

· Wear the backpack over both shoulders, not slung over only one.

· Place heavy items in the back of the pack.

· Consider a pack on wheels that can be dragged rather than carried.

4 comments:

  1. This has always been a constant battle with the children especially with the straps the children always have them slack which makes their backpacks hang too low on the back. Great post!

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  2. I remember that my backpack used to be very heavy. I had so much stuff that I did not even need.
    Also, I see kids wearing their backpack very low and I always think that it must be doing horrible things to their back and posture.
    And the books have gotten heavier. And there's more of them to carry.

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  3. timely post! my daughter just started middle school and has a HEAVY backpack for all her classes. she refuses to wear her backpack on two shoulders, and i know she's going to have one heck of a neck ache after a while. what to do??
    shenais
    divertida(at)fastmail(dot)fm

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  4. I, too, am very concerned about the number of books these kids (my daughter is a middle schooler, too) are expected to lug home each night. And to top it off, she has scoliosis. But it's not COOL to use a traditional backpack when you're a 7th grader. Tough one...

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