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Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts
Date:8/26/2012

only wear backpacks that are appropriate for their size.
  • Parents and caregivers should be aware of any posture changes in their child or red marks on their shoulders from wearing their backpack.
  • Parents should talk to schools about ways to lighten children's load, such as allowing them to stop at their lockers during the day or taking the weight of students' backpacks into account when preparing lessons.
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    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers back-to-school health tips.

    -- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

    SOURCE: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, news release, August 2012


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