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Back to School: Tips for proper use of bookbags

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According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 12,309 bookbag injuries, in 2008, sending kids to doctor’s offices, hospitals and emergency departments.

Proper use of Backpacks & Bookbags

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
“Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back pain, neck discomfort, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. These guidelines can help your family use backpacks safely.”

Injury Prevention:
  • Always use both straps
  • Pack light (don’t overload)
  • Tighten the straps
  • Lift the pack properly
Purchase a pack that fits correctly & includes:
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • A padded back & waist strap
  • Make sure the pack fits you or your child
  • Choose a lightweight pack

Good Posture: Prevent Early Causes of Back Pain

In our practice, we are treating (too) many young children for injuries. Lets work together to educate our children on proper posture, especially when carrying bookbags, to prevent injuries from occurring. This also begins the conversation of proper standing, sitting and sleeping posture. Many postural misalignment patterns start at a very early age. For a review on proper standing, sitting & sleeping postures, see our stretching page.

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