Pack it light and wear it right! School is starting up again and there are certain things you need to know about your kids backpack. Dr. Jeff sits down with host Jeanne Sparrow on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning to discuss what you need to know about your child’s backpack. The correct backpack and using it properly will help your child avoid back pain. Kids this generation have much more back pain than the generation before due to overloading backpacks.
30% of kids going to school have too much weight in their backpacks. Here are some tips on how to avoid back pain while using a backpack.
- Make sure when you purchase your backpack it is lightweight (lightweight material).
- Make sure the backpack fits correctly before purchasing it.
- Look for backpacks with padding on the back for the spine.
- Look for backpacks with padding on the shoulder straps.
- Look for a backpack with a strap or belt. Make sure to use the belt and tie it around your hips so it supports the weight evenly.
- Make sure the shoulder straps are adjustable so you can keep the backpack high on your back.
- Place your heavier objects closer to your spine and not in the outside pockets. Placing heavy objects on the outside can cause one to lean forward and load the discs causing back pain.
- Your backpack should weigh no more than 10%-15% of your body weight.
- Clean your backpack out weekly and only carry items you 100% need.