Back to school – backpack shopping advice

A heavy load, unevenly distributed, day after day, can stress a still-growing spine. Consider these safety suggestions:

1. Make sure the backpack is sturdy and appropriately sized.

2. Select backpacks with waist straps.

3. The maximum weight of loaded backpacks should not exceed 15% of the child’s body weight.

4. Use both shoulder straps. Carrying the backpack on one shoulder may look “cool” but can lead to spinal imbalance.

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