Backpack Safety: Backpack Tips for Little Backs
By The Joint Chiropractic
Back-to-school is tough enough. Your child’s backpack shouldn’t make it tougher. Get a fresh start to the school year with these backpack tips!
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2017 Back-to-School Infographic: Backpack Tips for Little Backs
Shopping for the Right Backpack
Your child's backpack should be as functional as it is cool.
- Waist and chest belts help transfer weight evenly
- Backpacks should not be wider or longer than a child's torso
- Choose a backpack with a padded back and shoulder straps
- Bigger isn't always better. With more room comes more weight for your child to carry
Backpack Organization Tips
Weight distribution is key to ensure a well-balanced backpack.
- Kids' backpacks should never weigh more than 10 - 15% of their total body weight
- Organize by placing heavier items low, near the center
- Be sure to use those little compartments to ensure better weight distribution
- Help clean out your child's backpack each week to remove extra weight
Proper Backpack Use & Fit
Smaller children are more at risk for backpack-related injuries.
- Be sure that both straps are used and adjusted evenly
- Tighter straps keep the load close to the back for better weight distribution
- Wearing a backpack too high can cause a child to lean forward or hunch
- A backpack that is too low can increase pressure on shoulders
For more back-to-school and backpack safety tips, visit our article: Back-to-School 2017: Backpack Safety
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