hat sends 7,000 people a year to the emergency room? Let's be honest, not one of you guessed back pack related injuries, but that's the truth according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This is alarming for several reasons. First, it's a back pack, not a trampoline and yet it is sending people to the emergency room. Second, most of these injuries are HIGHLY preventable with the following tips.
Why are children having so many problems with back packs? A recent study conducted in Italy found that the average child carries a backpack that would be the equivalent of a 39-pound burden for the average adult man, or a 29-pound load for the average adult woman. Of those children in the study who carried heavy backpacks to school, 60 percent had experienced back pain as a result.
Because of the large amount of weights children carry in their bags the American Chiropractic Association recommends limiting the backpack’s weight to no more than 10 percent of the child’s body weight and urging the use of ergonomically correct backpacks.
Dr. Tim Steflik from Coastal Integrative Healthcare also recommends that the back pack not hang more than four inches below the waist. The further down the back pain hangs, the further forward a child has to lean their shoulders resulting in poor posture.
Bigger is not better. The bigger a back pack, the more space kids have to cram extra heavy junk that will only weigh them down.
Dr. Steflik suggests having your children use both shoulder straps. Using one strap will cause uneven weight distribution and may lead to back spasms and pain. The shoulder straps should also be padded so they don't dig into the shoulders.
Coastal Integrative Healthcare provides school physicals for only $20 and include a free scoliosis spinal screening for each child. Get them done before it's too late!
Coastal Integrative Healthare
315 N Ridgewood Ave
Edgewater, FL 32132