Laboring Under Heavy Loads
As the new school year is underway and the workload is increasing, the American Physical Therapy Association reminds parents that their children’s backpacks can pose a health threat when they are overloaded with books and supplies, especially when the backpack fits poorly.
Back Pain Risk Factors for Children:
- When children arch their backs, bend forward, twist and lean to one side under these heavy loads, they are more likely to suffer lower back injuries.
- Backpacks with tight, narrow straps that dig into the shoulders can interfere with the circulation into the child’s arms or produce nerve impingement.
- Girls and younger children may be especially at risk for backpack-related injuries because they tend to be smaller and may carry loads that are heavier in proportion to their body weight.
How to Wear a Backpack Properly:
- Backpack weight should be pared down and limited to 10%-15% of the child’s weight.
- Backpack shoulder straps should be wide, preferably padded, and both straps should be used to distribute the load equally.
- Backpack size should not extend below the child’s waistline.
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