Heavy School Backpacks

Many things can lead to back pain like playing sports or exercising a lot, poor posture while sitting, and long periods of inactivity. But some kids have backaches because they’re lugging around their entire locker’s worth of books, school supplies, and personal items all day long. Doctors and physical therapists recommend that kids carry no more than 10% to 15% of their body weight in their packs. But many carry a lot more than that. When a heavy backpack is incorrectly placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull a child backward. To compensate, the child might bend forward at the hips or arch the back. This can make the spine compress unnaturally, leading to shoulder, neck, and back pain.

Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day.

Backpacks are often extremely heavy and worn incorrectly that cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe neck, shoulder, and back injuries as well as poor posture. The correct use of both of the wide and well-padded straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack.

Author
Dr. Nima Patel

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