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March 26, 2012
When carrying something it is generally considered better to distribute the weight evenly and holding it as close to your body as possible. This is why a backpack or a rucksack often is recommended as a school bag. However, for it to be of benefit it needs to be worn over both shoulders and, when packed, the weight of the bag should not exceed 10% of the child’s weight.
A recent Spanish study* found that out among a group of 1400 12-
As parents we are rarely popular when telling our children what to do, especially when what you suggest is not ‘cool’ or fashionable – and the fashion of the school bag casually slung over one shoulder has been around for a while. It can be equally difficult to convince your children to organise their school bag thereby minimising its weight by only carrying the books required for each day. As a parent I know the excuses are endless and that the argument may not feel worthwhile. However, often back pain arising in adulthood may have been preventable had precautions been taken during childhood and the teenage years.
Oh, I nearly forgot -
Jan Olsen DC
*Reference: Arch Dis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-