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Backpack Safety Tips

Monday, 06 October 2008 12:04

Taking the Measures to Protect Spinal Health

July - August 2002 ICPA Newsletter

As school approaches and we get new backpacks for our children, there are important safety measures to consider in choosing and wearing backpacks. Backpack Safety America/ International gives us these simple steps for avoiding injury and improving spinal health.

Step 1: Choose Right.

Choosing the right size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use.

Tip: Bring a friend to help you measure your backpack properly.

Step 2: Pack Right

The maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15 % of your body weight, so pack only what is needed.

Tip: If the backpack forces the wearer to move forward to carry, it's overloaded.

Step 3: Lift Right.

Face the Pack -Bend at the Knees - Use both hands and check the weight of the pack. Lift with the legs. Apply one shoulder strap and then the other.

Tip: Don't sling the backpack onto one shoulder

Back Pack Safety America and your Doctor of Chiropractic have contributed this information for your child’s better health. www.backpacksafe.com