Overloaded school backpacks cause more than 20,000 back injuries per year. Make sure the backpack weighs no more than 10-15% of the child’s total body weight when in use. Have wide padded shoulder straps and a hip strap to distribute weight. Make sure the backpack does not hang below the student’s hip line. Also keep the heaviest books closest to the back.
Have your children checked yearly for scoliosis. If caught young, it can be very treatable. If caught too late, it can be devastating.