to the middle of the back and should have padded
shoulder straps. An additional waist strap helps keep the pack in place.
Theres more! Chiropracter, Dr.Marvin Arnsdorff recommends some backpack safety steps:
Face your backpack before lifting it
Bend at the knees; keep the back straight
Using both hands, test the weight of your pack
Lift the pack using your legs to take more weight and sparing the back
Slip onto shoulders, using one strap at a time
Secure all straps to your comfort.
How do you know if your backpack is way too heavy? Simple! Bring out that bathroom scale- put all the things from your backpack onto the scale and note the weight. If this reading indicates 15% more than your body weight, then my friend, your back is in for trouble!
In India, heavy school bags became such a weighty issue, that the Indian Parliament introduced The Children School Bags (Limitation On Weight) Bill, 2006. According to this,
Weight of the school bag should not exceed ten percent of the childs body weight
Nursery and kindergarten students should carry no school bags
State government should provide appropriate lockers in schools
Schools should issue guidelines on school bags
Schools violating this bill are liable for penalty up to three lakh rupees
A subsequent or second violation may cause the school to be de-recognized
Dr. Parang Mehta, Paediatrician, writes on his web site, http: www.drparang.com/misc/schoolbags.htm,Parents often don't realise the magnitude of the problem. Water alone weighs a kilogram a litre. Books, raquets, lunchboxes, etc all add to the backpack weight. Children often carry huge burdens, and it is no wonder that so many of them have aching backs and shoulders.
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