Chiropractors Urge Caution with Backpacks

An account in the July 18, 2000 /PRNewswire warns consumers of the risks of carrying backpacks too heavily loaded. The content reports on several studies, "A recent survey by Lands End Direct Merchants discovered that over 96 percent of kids ages eight to twelve will bring a backpack to school this season. Of these, nearly one-third will carry their backpack improperly. Similarly, research conducted recently performed in Italy discovered that the typical child carries a backpack that might be the equivalent of a 39-pound backpack for a 176-pound man, or perhaps a 29-pound backpack for a 132-pound woman."
The Chiropractic Association has offered some recommendations on proper carrying of backpacks by children.
Ensure the backpack your youngster is wearing weighs a maximum of 5-10 percent of their body weight.
The backpack should not hang greater than four inches below the waistline.
A backpack with individualized compartments works well for positioning the contents most effectively.
It's important that the child wear both shoulder straps.If kids are to hold backpacks sound judgment caution ought to be used.
New models now are available with wheels and handles allowing the backpack to be pulled like rolling luggage when it is too heavy.

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