As the kids head back to school, we would like to share a few safety tips regarding backpack safety. Unfortunately, many school aged kids and teenagers carry backpacks that weigh up to 25% of their body weight or more. This not only affects their overall structure and posture but can cause issues that may negatively impact their classroom and on-field performance.

  1. Always wear both straps.
  2. Choose packs with wide, padded straps.
  3. The backpack should weigh less than 10% of the child’s weight.
  4. The backpack should not hang more than 4 inches below their waist.
  5. Leave unnecessary items in the desk or lockers.

Follow these simple tips to avoid potential health risks associated with heavy backpacks. Children can experience back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee pain as a result of a heavy backpack. If you are unsure about your child’s backpack, bring it to Nashville Neck & Back and let Dr. Roberts help.15