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Back Packs: Beware!!!!!

The American Occupational Therapy Association has these helpful hints for preventing back injuries by carrying too heavy or too large back packs!

Loaded back packs should not weigh more than 10% of the child’s weight

Load the heaviest items closest to the child’s back

Distribute weight evenly by using both straps.  One strap slung over a shoulder can cause the student to lean to one side, causing the back to curve and creating discomfort

Bottom of the pack should rest in the student’s low back curve.  The bottom should never be more than four inches below the student’s waistline.

Select a back pack with padded straps to help prevent tingling or numbness from pressure to the neck, shoulders, or arms.

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