Backpacks that are too heavy can cause a lot of problems for kids, like back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as poor posture. While it's common these days to see children carrying as much as a quarter of their body weight, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends a backpack weigh no more than 5% to 10% of a child's weight.
Backpack Safety Tips Back pain is pervasive among American adults, however it is not uncommon among children and teens either. In a new and disturbing trend, young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the American Chiropractic.
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Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. Stop often at school lockers, if possible. Do not carry all of the books needed for the day. Bend using both knees, when you bend down. Do not bend over at the waist when wearing or lifting a heavy backpack. Learn back-strengthening exercises to build up the muscles used to carry a backpack.