Avoid Bad Backs from School Backpacks

posted Jan 29, 2012, 2:43 PM by LASP Team   [ updated Jan 29, 2012, 6:14 PM ]

As the 2012 school year begins, many parents and guardians will be purchasing new school uniforms, back packs, shoes and stationary for the year ahead. These new tools that encourage learning development and intellectual growth can also contribute to postural changes that have long term effects on spinal development.

School backpacks play a heavy role in every student’s life and spinal development. Whether it’s walking to school, packing your laptop and textbooks in for the dash to next class, or the repetitive lifting of the bag on and off their young backs.

At Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy, it is only too often that our team of qualified Physiotherapists encounter back and neck pain that is a result of poor posture during backpack use.

The Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy team has recognized the potential for pain and poor posture from back pack use. To help prevent its effect we have put together some helpful tips to help parents and guardians look after the spinal development of their children. 

  • Backpacks should never weight more than 10% of the body weight of the carrier.
  • Heavy items should be packed as close to your back as possible.
  • Check your time table each day and only carry the books and equipment you need for that particular day. Alternatively if you have a locker make use of it and leave heavy items in the locker when not needed.
  • When standing in line for long periods of time, take your bag off. But remember to pick your bag up with both hands and with bent knees.
  • Firmly tighten side straps to prevent the bag from sagging and use the waist belt for longer trips like walking to school
For more information, download our Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy School Backpack brochure below to help your children have a safe and healthy start the school year.  
LASP Team,
Jan 29, 2012, 2:43 PM