Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day. They are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body's strongest muscles.
Risk Factors / Prevention
Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. These guidelines can help your family use backpacks safely.
Choose the right backpack. Look for the following:
Parents also can help in the following ways:
For more information on "Prevent Injuries America!," call the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons' public service telephone number 1-800-824-BONES (2663).
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