As the school year is coming upon us, back health should be a concern for parents. Back pack safety should be a top factor to prevent back pain and promote a healthy child.
Selecting, packing and wearing a backpack are the three most important factors in backpack safety. When selecting a backpack, always find a one that supports and prevents stress on the spine, as well as be proportionate to the person carrying it. Be careful not put a large back pack on a smaller child.
Do not over pack the backpack. A fully loaded backpack should not weigh more than 15% of a person’s weight and items should be dispersed equally.
The straps should be tightened close to the spine and both straps should be used to prevent pressure on the spine.
When picking up a backpack, one should bend at the knee and never twist or bend while carrying.
It is important to note the gait (how they walk) of your child once the backpack has been placed on their back. If they are swaying, then there is too much stuff inside. If the child is complaining that it’s too heavy, that’s an indicator as well.