Navigation Links
Lighten Up! Heavy Backpacks a Weighty Load for Children to Bear

While that new backpack your son or daughter just got for the new school year might seem harmless, there is the potential for a lifetime of back and neck ailments if not// loaded or worn correctly, according to Dr. Paula Kramer, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

“While children’s bodies are resilient, even they can’t take the day after day stress caused by a backpack that is too heavy or worn improperly,” Kramer said. “Even if the backpacks are made lighter, if the weight is not distributed correctly, there can be the prospect of long-term problems.”

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 7,000 emergency room visits in 2001 were related to backpacks and book bags with approximately half of those injuries occurring in children 5 to 14 years old.

“Parents should remember when they help their children to pack their backpacks, the heaviest items should be placed closest to the child’s body and as close to their center of gravity as possible,” Kramer explained. “Otherwise, not only will the heavy backpacks cause strain on backs and necks, but it will also make the child unsafe because it throws off their center of gravity.”

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) concurs with a 2002 study in Spine that loaded backpacks weigh no more than 15 percent of a student's body weight. For example, a student weighing 100 pounds should carry no more that 15 pounds.

While it might not be the fashionable thing to do, backpacks should be worn with both shoulder straps, preferably ones that are well-padded, and adjusted so that the straps fit snugly. If the backpack comes with a waist belt, that too should worn to help distribute the weight. Ideally, it’s best to use backpacks with wheels when a heavy load is unavoidable.

“When you have heavy backpacks, it’s actually better to use ones with wheels,” Dr. Kramer sa id. “However, some schools ban them and children don’t consider them cool. It’s a real conscious trade off for schools. If you don’t allow backpacks with wheels, then you have to find some way to lighten up the backpacks. You have to require less text books to be taken home at night.”

AOTA is sponsoring a National School Backpack Awareness Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006. The day will educate children, parents, school administrators, teachers, and communities about the serious health effects on children from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.

Souce-Newswise
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Skin Lightening Products Carry Risk of Cancer
2. Heavy Drinking Raises Risk of Liver Cancer
3. Heavy Computer Use May Result In Glaucoma
4. Heavy Drinking Can Increase Stroke Risk
5. Heavy drinking may not be good for the mental health
6. Be Wary Of Heavy Metal Poisoning From Ayurvedic Medicines
7. Heavy alcoholism has adverse affects on sex life in healthy males
8. Improperly Placed And Heavy Backpacks Lead To Back Pain In School Children
9. Export Of Ayurvedic Medicines Affected Due To High Heavy Metal Content
10. Women Affected With VWD is one of the Reason for Heavy Periods
11. Heavy Dosage Of Vitamin Supplements May Be Risky For Pregnant Women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... The American Board of Family Medicine's (ABFM) Board ... Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Dr. James C. Puffer upon his retirement. Dr. Newton will ... Dr. Puffer’s retirement at the end of 2018. Upon assuming the role of President ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, PharmD ’17, along with clinical associate professor ... prevention of cardiovascular diseases during the 15th Annual Women’s Health Conference. The ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many families ... However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the client ... elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the benefits ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought ... This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at ... towards children of all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader in agile coaching ... contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Enterprise Agile ... of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner across CMS programs. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... , Sept. 27, 2017  DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global ... that its MyDario product is expected to appear on The Dr. Oz ... Dr. Oz Show airs in your area: http://www.doctoroz.com/page/where-watch-dr-oz-show ... The nine-time Emmy award-winning, The Dr. Oz Show kicked ... The segment features ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) announced ... from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for ... for the treatment of moderately to severely active rheumatoid ... data are needed to further evaluate the safety of ... RA. "We ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing a ... targeted tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: