Did you know… A backpack should not exceed 10% of a child’s weight. (50 lb child = 5 lb backpack limit)
Why does the weight of the backpack matter… According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were over 28,000 backpack related injuries in 2010. Injuries ranged from contusions, sprains and strains, to dislocations and fractures.
Does your child experience tingling arms, decreased muscle strength, or stooped posture after wearing a heavy backpack? Take steps to help your child load and wear a backpack properly to avoid related injuries.
Proper Loading of a Backpack
- Pack heaviest items closest to the child’s back.
- Make sure to only pack essential items for the school day.
- To avoid clutter and decrease weight, empty your child’s backpack each day.
- If your child’s backpack is too heavy, he or she can remove an item and carry it in their arms.
- Alternatives: Use a backpack with wheels.
- Duplicate items, i.e. Ask your child’s school if extra copies of workbooks and textbooks for use at home are available.
Wearing a Backpack
- It is highly recommended that your child wear both arm straps pulled tight.
- Backpacks with waist straps should also be secured.
- The backpack should not sit below waist level.