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Written by Valerie Smith   

Incorrect use of backpacks are one of the biggest culprits in bad posture as well as neck, shoulder and back pain. Follow these simple rules to prevent injuries:

  • Backpacks should not exceed 10-15% of your child's
    body weight, as children compensate for heavy
    backpacks by bending forward at the hips or arching their backs, which can compress the spine, causing pain.
  • Urge your child to wear both shoulder straps. Carrying a backpack by one strap can cause the disproportionate shift of weight to one side, leading to neck and muscle spasms, as well as low-back pain.
  • Wide, padded straps are very important. Non-padded straps are uncomfortable, and can dig into your child's shoulders.