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Kids’ Backpacks Cause Serious Injuries

September 25, 2011

Dr. Joseph J. Dowling, in a guest commentary1 stated that in his practice he sees many (too many) young patients who are suffering from injuries and strains from carrying backpacks that can weigh up to 25 pounds or more. He stated that 12 pounds is the maximum safe weight for a backpack for a student 80 pounds, or no more than 10 to 15 percent of body weight. Other advice is to always use both shoulder straps and adjust them correctly. A dangling backpack causes extra strain due to uneven weight distribution. Items inside should also be distributed evenly. In any case, students and teachers should be aware that hefting these big backpacks around can be damaging to young bodies.

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