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Back-to-School Parents Earn an A+ in Safety: Backpacks, Cheerleading, Football
Date:8/4/2009

Orthopaedic surgeons offer tips for keeping kids healthy at the start of the school year

ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents are beginning to think about getting their children back to school in the weeks ahead. Shopping for school supplies and backpacks will soon begin. The anticipation of new teachers and new classes is brewing for both parents and students, mixed with the questions of which after-school sports to participate in. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers timely tips and statistics to keep students safe this school year.

Healthy Backs

Bags that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly could injure a child's bones, muscles and joints.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 12,309 bookbag injuries, in 2008, sending kids to doctor's offices, hospitals and emergency departments. To minimize injury, the AAOS recommends:

  • Purchasing backpacks with different-sized compartments as well as construction features such as padded shoulder straps and dense material to protect against sharp, protruding objects.
  • Organizing the backpack to use all of its compartments. Place the heaviest items closest to the center of the back.
  • Not overloading the backpack. A heavy backpack forces the wearer to bend forward.

New School Year Activities

Once the shopping is over, kids will be ready to partake in after-school sports including cheerleading, football,

SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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