08 September In Chiropractic by Andrea Tags: back to school, backpack, Kids, pack it light, wear it right
Back to School: BackPack Safety
Kids are heading back to school which means that backpacks are once again being used daily. Here are a few tips to help you show your child the best ways to pack and wear a backpack.
- Backpacks and their contents should weigh between 10-20% of your child’s body weight.
- Get a backpack that rests at the small of their low back (below their bottom is too large)
- Wide shoulder straps help distribute the weight
- Waist and chest straps help take weight off only the shoulders
- Adjustable shoulder straps help keep the backpack higher on your child’s back
- Pack heavier items at the bottom of the pack
- Keep heavier items closer to the back, meaning don’t use smaller outer pockets for heavy items
- Leave a water bottle and shoes at school to minimize the items going back and forth.
- Minimize any items going in the outer pockets as centre of gravity will be thrown off as a result
- If the backpack is too heavy/loaded, have your child carry a book or two in their arms to minimize strain on their back