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Rockford Spine Center offers tips on keeping kids' backpacks safe

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School is in session and kids everywhere are filling their backpacks full of books, but that could have an adverse effect on their health.

Rockford Spine Center is offering several tips on keeping kids' backs, necks, and shoulders free from the strain and damage a heavy backpack can cause:

  • A loaded backpack should never weigh over 10 percent of the child's total body weight
  • Weight should be distributed evenly by using both straps
  • Use a backpack with well-padded straps - if too much pressure is applied, blood vessels and nerves can cause pain and tingling
  • Adjust straps so the backpack fits snugly to the child's back to avoid pulling the child backward and straining muscles
  • If the backpack has a waist belt, wear it to help distribute weight evenly
  • The backpack should extend from about two inches below the shoulder blades to waist level or slightly above

Each year, thousands of backpack-related injuries are treated by doctors.

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