Avoid pain from backpacks this school year
Kids carrying heavy school bags are witnessed commonly these days, it’s important to remember that heavy backpacks can be the source of back, neck and shoulder-related pain in children and teenagers. Parents and guardians should ensure children aren’t carrying a heavy load and that backpacks are being worn correctly for proper posture and even weight distribution.
According to an American statistics, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated 35,937 people for backpack-related injuries. We encourage children and their parents to consider safety tips to help reduce their risk of injury.
“Make sure your child is only carrying the essentials to lessen their load,” said an AAOS spokesperson, “In addition to a light load, it’s important backpacks have two wide, padded shoulder straps to improve comfort and promote good posture.”