10Using backpacks correctly Pack lightOrganize the backpack to use all of its compartmentsWhere appropriate, stop often at school lockers and remove unnecessary itemsKeep a second set of books at home if possible.Weight should be limited to 5% to 15% of their body weight
11How to wear backpacks safely Bend legs and readjust the straps during each use.Always use both shoulder strapsTighten the straps so pack is close to the body.Use proper posture once in place.Adjust items in bag so that the padded surface rest against the back, as flat as possible.
12How to wear backpacks safely Learn back-strengthening exercises to build up muscles used to carry a backpack
13“What you shouldn’t do when wearing your pack” Should Not:Carry the backpack using one shoulder.Pack too much in a back packLean forward while carrying the backpackForget to properly adjust the strapsCarry unnecessary items in the pack.
14When not to use a backpack Riding a bikeSkatingSkate boards
15As A Result Packs make kids top heavy Less stable Less able to maneuverMore likely to fall
16Side effects of improper use Curvature of the spine.Spinal deformities.Poor posture.Neck, shoulder, and arm pain.Upper, mid, and lower back pain.Numbness and tingling of the fingers.Headaches.
17STATISTICSAccording to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 6,000 children are treated in emergency rooms each year for shoulder pain related to backpack use.More than half of those involved are children ages 5 to 14.Another survey performed by Simmons College found that one-third of 5th through 8th graders carry loads more than 15% of their body weight stated that they have suffered back pain.
18STATISTICSThe American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation states that nearly 60% of young people will experience back pain by the time they are 18 years old.
19Using proper back pack safety will keep them healthy and ready to learn