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When used incorrectly, backpacks can injure your child’s muscles and joints, which can lead to severe pain and other problems. When selecting a backpack, look for the following features:
- Two wide, padded shoulder straps. A single strap does not distribute weight evenly.
- Lighter bags decrease the total load weight on the back.
- Rolling backpack. A good choice for students who must tote a heavy load.
Here are some other tips to help prevent injury:
- Always use both shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly and decrease muscle strain.
- Tighten the straps so that the pack is close to the body and two inches above the waist.
- Pack light. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of the student’s total body weight.
- Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back.
- Use school lockers to store books between classes.
- Bend using both knees. Do not bend over at the waist when wearing or lifting a heavy backpack.