21 February 2009

Many school children slightly hunched over, carrying a backpack on their backs. Do you how heavy they carry their back pack? They have to hunch forward a bit many times under the weight and they do this every day.

The Harm of Heavy School Backpack
55 % of the school children were proved carry loads heavier than 15 % of their body weight (the limit recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons).

More than 800 youngsters were treated in emergency rooms for backpack-related injuries.One-third of the 345 children in grades 5 through 8 surveyed reported back pain that forced them to see a doctor, miss school or skip athletic activities. Because children are still developing, they are more susceptible to injury.

You should review your child’s backpack to carry. What can you do?
  1. Not to overload the backpack
  2. Put in only what is needed for a couple of hours at school and then going back to the locker for the next batch
  3. They should not put the backpack strap over one shoulder and not the other Using both straps on the pack is good for weight distribution
  4. A hip belt is recommended by health professionals
  5. Packs designed with metal frames are good as well
If your child has been carrying a heavy back pack to school, or complains of back problems, pain or headaches, it would be wise to take him/her to a Chiropractor to have an analysis of the spine and it's alignment as a part of making sure that your child stays healthy.

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