As the summer ends, we are turning our attention to the school year. And while school supplies are important, one of the most important things your child needs for the upcoming school year is a backpack.
Your child will be carrying this backpack around with them every day, so it’s important to make sure that it is comfortable and safe. Here are some tips from our chiropractor on how to choose a backpack and how to wear it safely.
Choose the Right Backpack
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends a backpack weigh no more than 5% to 10% of a child’s weight. When choosing a backpack for your child, look for one that is:
- Has two straps (not just one)
- Is the right size for your child (not too big or too small)
Wear the Backpack Correctly
Once you have chosen the right backpack, it’s important to make sure that your child wears it correctly. The ACA recommends that:
- The backpack is not too low or too high – it should sit in the middle of the back
- The straps are adjustable and fit snugly
- The straps are used to distribute the weight evenly
In addition to choosing the right backpack and wearing it correctly, there are some other things you can do to help reduce the risk of backpack-related injuries. The ACA recommends:
- Putting heavier items closer to the center of the back
- Packing light – only carry what is necessary
- Taking breaks often to adjust the backpack and rest your child’s back
If you have any questions about backpack safety or if your child is experiencing back pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Fletcher Chiropractic. We would be happy to help!