Back to school is here! Lets take a few minutes to protect our children's backs and assure proper backpack use.
Recent studies have estimated that children carry backpacks that are 40-50% of their total body weight! Carrying a backpack that is too heavy or carrying it improperly can lead to added stress on the child's muscles and spine leading to injury or future problems.
Lets take a few minutes to prevent that! Here are a few tips you can use to give your child and their backpack a good fit!
1) Assure your child's backpack weighs no more than 5-10% of their total body weight.
2) The backpack should sit at the correct height and should never sag more than 4 inches below the waistline.
3) Encourage your child to wear their backpack using BOTH straps. Using only 1 strap distributes the weight unevenly and can lead to major neck and back strain.
4) Wide padded straps are important! They help disperse the weight of the backpack and provide extra comfort to the shoulders.
5) Adjustable straps allow you to fit the backpack to your child's body. This also allows for continued use as they grow.
6) Purchase small-medium sized backpacks. The more room in the backpack the more your child will carry. If the backpack is still too heavy, talk to your child's teacher to see if some of the heavier books can be left at school.
Please use these guidelines to protect your child's spine! If you're concerned that your child's backpack is affecting his/her body negatively, please call us for a free backpack check and spinal consultation. We're happy to help!