Kids And Backpacks Could Be A Painful Combination
By Tom Herrin
When it comes time for school to start each year, kids everywhere rush to the stores to fill long lists of supplies. Once they finally finish, just about all of them want to get that one item that every school kid is supposed to have. That is a backpack. If they are younger, they probably want to get that one that has the image or shape of their favorite character from a kid show. If they are older, they are way past that and look for something that is covered with a character from the latest action show. The one thing that is in common for almost all of them is that they want a backpack that is big enough to carry everything they could possibly need for school.
Large Packs May Be Trouble
People should really carry a bag or backpack that is directly proportionate to the size of the person. In studies, many children have been known to carry packs that are many times the size that is recommended. For their own health and safety, it is suggested that children should carry a backpack that is no more than 5 to 10 percent of their body weight. Anything heavier can cause them to hunch over in an attempt to balance the weight, risking damage to their spine. A choice of a smaller pack can help to discourage overloading.
Divided Areas Are Good
Rather than select a pack that has one large space for carrying things, it is much better for kids to pick a backpack that has several pockets or compartments. These can help to encourage carrying objects that fit properly. Sharp pointed or odd-shaped objects may be able to fit better without crowding them in. This reduces the likelihood of something bulging or sticking out, causing discomfort to the wearer.
Have Good Straps And Wear Them Properly
All too often, children will carry a backpack hanging from one arm or off of their back. This can create an imbalance. When this happens, a strain can be placed on the spine. They should wear both straps up over both shoulders. Teaching kids to make good choices now may affect their health for the rest of their lives. Wise decisions can mean better health and fewer problems. If we, as parents model that decision making now, our children can be better off. Let’s protect our children and help prevent a painful experience.
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