Backpack SafetyWhile backpacks are less harmful than shoulder or messenger bags, an overloaded backpack can lead to injuries and bad posture. Chronic pain, muscle strain, and spinal compression are all injuries that can be caused by not practicing backpack safety. It is important that the backpack be worn properly.
- Both straps should be worn and tightened so the bottom the backpack is about 2 inched from their waist.
- Generally, the weight of the backpack and load should be no more than 15% of your child’s body weight.
- If the load is too heavy, teach your child to carry their heavier textbooks in their arms to lighten the load on their back.