<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1870319619753375&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

Don't Let Backpack Safety Lapse As The School Year Carries On

Not long ago, we explained the importance of providing a child with a backpack that they’re capable of carrying safely.  But now that the school year is in full swing for most areas of the country, the issue gains particular import.  While children are typically allowed to ease into the swing of things the first few days of school, now is the time when they’re being loaded up with books or assignments and other materials that can wreak havoc on their backs.

As a parent, it’s up to you to make sure that a backpack isn’t becoming too heavy for your child.  As he or she gets used to the pack they’ve been using, they might be tempted to wear it in an inappropriate fashion or to place heavy objects inside that don’t belong.  Your attentiveness can help prevent longterm spinal injuries, and this attentiveness can be aided with some of the tips available from an Atlanta-based sports medicine medical director in a new report.

Parents have multiple options when it comes to purchasing a backpack for their child.  When they invest in a flimsy backpack that doesn’t offer the necessary protection, kids could already be at a disadvantage in terms of back health.  It’s better to opt for a hiking-type backpack with a metal frame that can support heavier weights.  A rolling backpack might be another way to go, as it can takee the pressure off the child’s back entirely.  Of course, check with the school to make sure they’re even going to allow that type of unit.

At no time should your child be carrying more than 15% of their total weight.  What is placed in the backpack should be distributed evenly.  Parents and children can take advantage of the myriad compartments that should be available in most backpacks (if the pack doesn’t have such compartments, a backpack that does might be sought).  Heavier items should be place closer to the student’s back so that they don’t pull the student backwards.

If your child’s workload gets to be a bit much for them, parents might think about purchasing a set of books that can be used at home.  That way, a child isn’t lugging a bunch of books back and forth every day.

Kids should also know that their backpack is to be used to transport school materials and only school materials.  Many might attempt to shove a laptop or a video game system inside, increasing the already heavy load they’re attempting to carry.  It’s best not to allow this unless they’re using the items specifically for school work.


About the author

Blog Read more articles by Blog.

Request a Consultation