X

Book an Appointment

Please fill out the form below and we'll contact you with the next available appointment.

X

Let Us Know How We Did

Note: We may share your review on our site but will never share your email.

252-764-9182
300-C Taylor Notion Road, Cape Carteret NC 28584

Don’t Over Pack That Backpack

HomeBlogDon’t Over Pack That Backpack

Don’t Over Pack That Backpack

A child carrying a back pack that has been overloaded can easily lead to an injury. Here are some interesting facts:

  • In 2013 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 5415 backpack related injuries were treated in the Emergency Room.
  • The average student has a  pain scale level of 4.3 with some reaching an 8-9, as reported by Northeastern University.
  • 55% of students carry an overloaded backpack, as reported by Simmons College.
  • An Auburn University study showed that 67% of children suffered muscle soreness, 51% back pain, 24% numbness and 15% shoulder pain.

5 Ways to ease the load

  • Backpack weight should only be 10-15% of the child’s weight.
  • Opt for wide padded straps, a padded back, waist and chest straps.
  • Backpack should fit snugly against the child’s body.
  • Pack should hang just below the shoulders with no more than 4 inches below the waistline (Where the BELLY BUTTON is).
  • Pack heavier items at the bottom with flat objects against the back, keep pointy objects away from the body.

3 Warning signs that the backpack is too heavy

  • You child changes posture when wearing a backpack
  • Your child’s skin has red marks on back or shoulders
  • Difficulty putting on or taking off a backpack

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *