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Backbreaking Backpacks

Wear Backpacks Correctly and Eliminate Backache
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In the Franklin, Tennessee public school system, it is not uncommon for a 5th grader to carry a backpack,

weighing 35-40 pounds, to and from school. Having no lockers at that age, children must bring all materials to every class. With after school activities, lunch boxes and electronic devices, backpacks quickly become heavy. Coupled with the fact that many of the Williamson County, Brentwood and Franklin schools discourage rolling backpacks to decrease congestion in the hallways, your child could be carrying 40 pounds on their backs throughout each day.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states there are more than 6,500 emergency room visits each year by children ages 5-18 with injuries directly related to heavy backpacks or book bags. One solution to avoid backaches and other potential injuries is to choose a backpack for your child that has the proper fit for your child’s body.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends wearing a backpack that is only as wide and as long as your torso, hangs less than 4 inches below the waist and uses double-wide, padded straps. The ACA recently endorsed nine backpacks and daypacks from The North Face®. The endorsed styles include the Big Shot, Borealis, Box Shot, Cornice, Hotshot, On Sight, Recon, Surge and Yavapai.

Backpack Back Saving Tips:

1. Correct Fit: Not too long or too short. Proper Size is 75% of the length of your back. Approximately the space between the shoulder blades and waist.

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2. Check the Load: The maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15% of your body weight. If your child weighs 80 pounds, the maximum backpack weight is 12 pounds.

3. Adjust the Pack: Use both shoulder straps, they should be snug but not tight. Straps should be Adjustable, 1 ½ inches wide and padded. It should fit well resting on the lower back

4. Keep it Safe: Make sure pens and pencils or other sharp objects are kept in a safe pocket so they will not poke through and injure your child or someone else.

Dr. Jen, Dr. Saira, and the team at Family Chiropractic are happy to check your child’s spine. We service Williamson County, Brentwood and Franklin, Tennessee areas. Let us keep you and your child safe and injury free! Visit http://www.bettfamilychiropractic.com/ or call (615) 373-7009 today to make an appointment.