The Facts About Backpack Injury
It is advised that individuals carry no more than 15% of their body weight on their backs. Medical professionals advise that individuals carry no more than 10-15% of their body weight on their backs.Many children are carrying up to 40 lbs. .
- Shoulder straps should be well-padded and adjusted so that the bottom of the pack fits close against the lower back.
- A padded hip-support is recommended to help carry the majority of the weight of the pack on the hips.
- Should be worn over both shoulders, equally distributing the weight of the pack.
- Keep the heaviest items closest to your back and evenly distribute the load on the right and left.
- Lighten the load -keep unnecessary items out of the backpack (CD players, extra binder papers, folders, etc.
- Buy smaller packs. Just like a purse, the bigger it is, the more room to fill and the more weight to carry.
- reduces the stress to the user by 80% and lightens the load by 30%**
Dr Jeff is available to do Backpack Safety Workshops for your school, church, community group or moms club
CALL (480) 940-4880 to schedule an individual or group backpack safety evaluation