Backpack Awareness Day teaches kids and parents how to safely wear a backpack

Backpack Awareness Day teaches kids and parents how to safely wear a backpack


MARYLAND IS ONE OF THE STATES WHERE THIS SERVICE IS AVAILABLE. IF YOUR CHILD GETS READY FOR SCHOOL THIS MORNING, MAKE SURE TO TAKE A LOOK AT HIS OR HER BACK BACK. WEARING A HEAVY BOOKBACK BAG IT CAUSE STUDENTS — BACK BAG CAN CAUSE STUDENTS PROBLEMS LATER ON. I’LL PICK UP THE BACKPACK AND I SWEAR IT SEEMS HEAVIER THAN THEY ARE. Reporter: ACROSS THE STATION, STUDENTS TRUDGE TO AND FROM SCHOOL WITH HEAVY BAGS. I CAN’T SAY CHILDREN HAVE COME HERE WITH PAIN FROM A BACKPACK, BUT I WONDER WHY NOT. Reporter: MILLIONS CARRY LOADS TOO HEAVY THAT CAUSED LOWER BACK PAIN INTO ADULTHOOD. THOUSANDS ARE SENT EACH YEAR INTO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE OF STRAINS AND SPRAINS FROM BACKPACKS. EVERYTHING FROM THE WAY YOU PACK YOUR BACKPACK TO THE WAY YOU CARRY IS CAN CAUSE STRAINS. PUT THEM IN FIRST IN THE MAIN COMPARTMENT SO IT DISTRIBUTES WEIGHT EVENLY ON YOUR BACK. THEN YOU CAN CONTINUE TO PACK YOUR BAG. NOW ONCE YOU PUT ON YOUR BACKPACK, YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE WEARING BOTH STRAPS. IT IS DISTRIBUTED EVENLY CROSS YOUR BACK. YOU DON’T WANT IT TO BECOME ABOVE YOUR SHOULDERS. SO YOU NEED TO ADJUST THE STRAPS SO IT DOESN’T GO LOWER THAN YOUR HIPS AS WELL. NOW, SO MANY OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE TRANSPORTING THEIR LAPTOP DEVICES BACK AND FORTH TO SCHOOL. THAT ADDS CONSIDERABLE WEIGHT AS WELL. Reporter: EXPERTS SAY BACKPACKS SHOULD WEIGH 15% OR LESS THAN WHAT THE STUDENT WEARS. SAYING MIDDLE SCHOOLERS ARE

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