B.C. Chiropractors: Is your child’s backpack making the grade?
With most students in B.C. heading back-to-school next week, chiropractors around the province would like to remind parents about the long-term health risks of poorly designed backpacks.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) says 50 per cent of Canadian youth will suffer at least one case of back pain throughout their school years.
Aside from these injuries being painful, they can significantly impact a student’s ability to concentrate within the classroom and the enjoyment of sports and leisure activities.
“Injuries related to backpacks that are too heavy or worn incorrectly can have lasting effects,” said BCCA president, Dr. Jay Robinson, in a release. “It’s very important that parents and educators pay attention that backpacks are not overloaded and are worn correctly.”
Listed below are some tips that will help prevent future injuries:
START WITH THE BAG: Choose a lightweight bag (canvas or vinyl are best) with a padded back, two wide (around two inches in width) shoulder straps, a hip or waist strap and lots of pockets.
For more backpack tips and downloadable backpack safety resources, visit: www.bcchiro.com/PackItLight.
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