As children all around Peoria and Central Illinois get ready to go back to school, this is an important time to remind all parents about the dangers of heavy backpacks. Even with the advent of technology such as laptops and tablet computers, children are still carrying more (and heavier!) books from class to class. And they still need pencils, pens, rulers, workbooks, folders, and dozens of other supplies on a daily basis.
Backpack safety is an important issue for children, who are still growing. Even if your child's backpack feels light to you, it will proportionately heavier for him or her. A recent Italian study found, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), "that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29-pound load for a 132-pound woman. Of those children carrying heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result."
To reduce the impact of heavy backpacks on your child's health, here are nine important tips from the ACA:
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