Fast facts on adolescent’s issues related to backpacks
- 40 million teenagers carry backpacks to school each day.
- According to Consumer Product Safety Commission (Nov. 1998) approximately 3300 children ages 5-14 were treated in the E.R for injuries related to backpacks.
- National Public Radio (Oct. 1998) estimates that up to 65% of adolescent visits to the Dr. are for backpack related injuries.
- A study by Simmons College (Feb. 2001) found 55% of students carry more than recommended weight guidelines in their backpacks.
Tips on Wearing your Backpack Safely and Properly (according to Children’s Medical Center)
- Always use both shoulder straps.
- Tighten straps so that the pack is close to the body.
- The backpack should never weigh more than 10-20% of the students body weight.
- Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.
- Bend using both knees to pick up the backpack.
Learn back strengthening exercises (ask your pediatrician or therapist).