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Posted on 07-30-2013
School is starting and along with all of your school supplies and new clothes, you may have backpack on your list, right?
What might you find in your child's backpack? Books, water bottles, binders, sack lunch, etc. It's a catch all for pretty much everything, isn't it?
Have you ever wondered how much your child's backpack weighs and how that weight might affect their health. If not now, then how will it affect them down the road?
Modern back packs are designed to hold more weight than they were in the past. Adults and kids alike are taking advantage of this and using them to capacity. As they get heavier, they are taking more of a toll on our backs and on our health.
A recent study from the Archives of Disease in Childhood adds to the growing body of research on backpacks and back pain. The study evaluated the backpacks of over 1400 children. Researchers weighed children's backpacks and compared the amount to their body weight. Children with the heaviest backpacks were 50% more likely to have back pain than children with the lightest backpacks.
Current guidelines suggest that backpacks should not exceed 10% of a person's body weight. To reduce your child's risk of back pain, try making sure they only bring the books and binders that they need for that day's activities. You can also encourage them to wear backpacks on both shoulders instead of slung over one shoulder.
To learn more about preventing and treating back pain in children, call Dr. Ashley to set up an appointment today!
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