Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Do you or your child
have these symptoms after wearing a heavy backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain!!
LOADING A BACKPACK
- Load heaviest items closest to BACK
- Arrange books and materials so they wont slide around in the backpack
- “The American Chiropractic Association recommends that backpacks weigh no more than 10% of
ones weight”. (2019 National Safety Council) Read More on their site here.
WEARING A BACKPACK
- Distribute the weight evenly by using BOTH straps
- Select a pack with WELL-PADDED and ADJUSTABLE shoulder straps. A backpack should fit snug on ones back.
- Backpacks with WAIST BELTS are best. Wearing the waist belt helps distribute the packs weight more evenly.
- SIZE matters! The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below waistline