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      Don’t Over Pack That Backpack

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      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

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