It’s back to school time and your kids backpacks could put their health at risk if they wear them like this….
When you kids load up their back packs and head out the door for school, they could be carrying up to 20% of their total body weight. If they don’t use the back pack properly they risk damage to shoulders, back , and more.
One expert says far too many kids wear their backpack on one shoulder and load it improperly. He says kids need to use both shoulder straps and adjust them so the backpack sits on the center of the back.
They also need to use the extra chest and waist straps found on most backpacks to better distribute the weight.
He says it is important for parents to shop for a backpack with their children and, if possible, fill contenders with school supplies and check the fit, all in the store.
The aim is to carry the heaviest items closest to the body, putting less pressure on still-growing bones and muscles.