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With school back in session help your student protect their back! To mi n imi ze backpack - i nduced discomfort and pain that may create a bigger health problem, follow these backpack buying (and wearing) tips: Skip rolling backpacks. Most schools have flights of stairs, which requires lifting and carrying rolling backpacks up the stairs. Lifting the backpack to climb the stairs is going to be problematic for your child’s back. Look for structure. Many quality-made backpacks come with a padded back and a plastic frame sheet, which helps add structure and rigidity. This can help distribute the weight of the load.
Watch the weight. The weight of the backpack should be 10 to 15 percent of the child’s body weight or less and the heaviest items should be placed closest to the child’s back in the backpack. Make a two-strap rule. Opt for a backpack with wide, padded straps so your child can comfortably bear the weight of all the books. Avoid backpacks with a narrow string that might dig into the skin. Keep straps snug so the backpack fits right against the child’s back. Also, make sure your child actually wears the backpack with both straps over the shoulders so the weight is evenly distributed. Make sure your child is using the backpack correctly. Most backpack- related injuries can be attributed to
improper use, including tripping over backpacks, injuries to the face from kids swinging packs around, and shoulder injuries from improperly lifting heavy backpacks. Talk to your child about do’s and don’ts of basic backpack use.
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