August 1, 2016Health News You Can Use

Backpack Safety Tips

School, backpack, back

School is just around the corner!  Check out these backpack safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and reach out to us if your student experiences any back issues- we are happy to help!

  • Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
  • Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight.
  • Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
  • If your school allows, consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, they may be difficult to roll in snow, and they may not fit in some lockers.

To view this entire article on the American Academy of Pediatrics website, click here.