Backpack Safety Tips

For many kids, back to school means back to carrying excessively heavy book bags. Being loaded down with this additional weight can lead to back and neck strain or even cause long-term back pain and posture problems. In fact, backpack-related pain results in approximately 7,000 ER visits per year.

In honor of September 17 being National Backpack Awareness Day, Harbin Clinic’s Chiropractic and Physical Therapy group offers the following safety tips for parents to help children wear their backpacks properly and avoid the risk of injury.

  • Always select a backpack that is the correct size for your child – not too big or too small.
  • Make sure the shoulder straps are adjusted to fit snugly – not too tight or too loose.
  • Distribute the weight of the backpack contents evenly, with heaviest items situated closest to the child’s back.
  • Instruct your child to use both shoulder straps at all times.
  • Encourage children to use a locker or leave unnecessary items at home to help lighten the load.
  • Once packed, the backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of your child’s body weight.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 762-235-3970.