Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shriners Hospitals Back to School Advice on Backpacks

As parents and children prepare for the new school year, new backpacks are likely on many shopping lists.
Used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry all the books, supplies, and personal items a child needs for a typical school day. Backpacks are designed to distribute the weight of the load among some of the body’s strongest muscles; however, backpacks that are too heavy or carried incorrectly can injure muscles or joints and contribute to back pain and other problems.
The Proper Backpack is:
No wider than the user’s chest
Worn no lower than 2 to 4 inches below
the waist
Made of lightweight material
Worn no higher than the base of the neck
Supported by a waist of a chest strap
A Good Backpack has:
A padded back
Several compartments
Side compression straps
A waist or chest strap
Two wide, padded shoulder straps
School Backpack Awareness Day is September 14, 2014. Join Shriners Hospitals for Children® in spreading the word about the importance of backpack basics, as discussed above. Since our first hospital opened its doors in 1922, providing care for pediatric orthopaedic conditions has been a foundation of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Please help make sure the children you know and love are taking care of their bodies!
Dale Stauss
Chairman of the Board
Shriners Hospitals for Children®
P.S. Scoliosis is just one of the many orthopaedic conditions treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children. For more information on this disease, please check out our Scoliosis Fact Sheet.

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