With Fort Worth schools starting this week, now is a great time for parents and teachers to help children avoid potential future back problems.  Today, let’s talk about carrying those backpacks full of heavy books, lunchboxes, etc.

“In a new and disturbing trend, young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor.” – American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

Are your kids wearing the right backpack the right way

While you’re shopping for backpacks for the coming school year, keeps these tips in mind for your kiddo’s backpack:⁣

  1. Make sure it weighs no more than 5 to 10% of their total body weight. If your child’s shoulders & posture is rolled forward while carrying the backpack, it’s likely that it’s too heavy.⁣
  2. It should never hang more than 4-inch below their waistline.⁣
  3. Purchase a backpack with individualized compartments. This helps to position the contents more effectively.⁣
  4. Purchase small to medium backpacks. The more room there is, the more your child will carry.⁣
  5. Encourage your child to wear BOTH shoulder straps.⁣
  6. Choose backpacks with wide padded shoulder straps.⁣
  7. Purchase a backpack with adjustable shoulder straps, so the backpack can be adjusted to your child’s body.⁣
  8. If the backpack is too heavy, talk to your child’s teacher & ask if the heaviest book can stay at school.⁣

Oh, and sit up straight in that desk!  Enjoy the new school year.