It’s time to think about back to school! An item that is on many back to school shopping lists is a new backpack. But did you know that there should be many considerations besides the color or design on the backpack?
A properly fitting backpack can prevent shoulder, neck and back pain in adolescents and young kids. It can also help with posture. Here are some tips on how to pick the right backpack and how to wear your backpack correctly:
In a study of students aged 10-18 years old, 33.5 percent of the students attributed pain to backpack use.1 The goal of ensuring a properly worn backpack and trying to limit the weight in backpacks is to reduce the pain students attribute to backpack use while also improving posture.
If your child has pain due to backpack use, contact your closest Athletico clinic for an appointment with one of our therapists.
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1. Talbott NR, Bhattacharya A, Davis KG, Shukla R, Levin L. School Backpacks: It’s More Than Just a Weight Problem. Work. 2009;34(4):481-94. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2009-0949.
2. Drzaƚ-Grabiec J, Truszczyńska A, Rykaƚa J, Rachwaƚ M, Snela S, Podgórska J. Effect of asymmetrical backpack load on spinal curvature in school children. Work. 2015;51(2):383-388. doi:10.3233/wor-141981.