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Back Pack Safety

Back Pack Safety | Back to SchoolPick the Right Back Pack, Pack it Light and Wear it Right!

Back to school means many children and adolescents will be wearing a back pack again. More than 50% of people experience at least one episode of low back pain by their teen years. In many cases, wearing a back pack may be to blame. Carry an overweight load unevenly or improperly can result in poor posture, joint pain, muscle strain, and headaches.

3 things you can do for Back Pack Safety!

1. Pick the right kind of back pack

  • Choose a bag made of lightweight material like vinyl or canvas
  • Is the bag proportionate to the body size? The top of the pack should not extend higher than the top of the shoulder, and the bottom shouldn’t fall below the top of the hipbone
  • Pick a bag with two wide adjustable straps with padding on the shoulders and along the back. It should also have a hip or waist strap

2. Pack it light

  • The total weight of a pack shouldn’t exceed 10% of the wearer’s body weight. So if you child weighs 100 lbs, their pack should not exceed 10 lbs!
  • Pack the heaviest items closest to the body and distribute the weight throughout the bag by using the pockets
  • Make sure you’re only pacing things you will need that day

3. Wear it right

  • Try to always use both shoulder straps when carrying your pack
  • Using the waist strap transfers some of the load to the hips which reduces the strain on your shoulders and back
  • Make sure the buckled waist strap sits close to the level of your belly button

If you or your child is experiencing persistent neck, back, muscle or joint pain contact us to get it checked! We can teach you or your child back pack safety and how to pack, lift and carry the weight properly to avoid injury throughout the school year.

Back Pack Safety for Kids

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