As we are getting ready to send our kids back school, we should be take a moment to make sure their backpacks are also ready.  About 79 million students across all age groups will carry a backpack to school.   In 2007 there were more than 2,000  backpack related injuries that were treated by medical professionals.  Here are a few tips to make sure everyone is ready for the first day of school.

Wearing the backpack

A backpack should have wide padded shoulder straps.   This can prevent pinching of the blood vessels and nerve that go to the neck, arms and hand.

Both straps should be worn to distribute the weight of the backpack evenly across the student’s back.

The shoulder straps should be snug to hold the backpack up and not pull the student backwards 

There are different sizes backpacks and a backpack should fit across the child’s back and not hang lower than 4 inches below the child’s waistline.

Utilize the waist and sternal straps to help distribute the weight 

Loading the backpack

A backpack should not weigh more 10% of the student’s bodyweight.

Heavy large items should be closer to the student’s back

Smaller items should be stored in side pockets to distribute weight more evenly

Clean out the backpack at least once a week to eliminate unnecessary items in the backpack.

Warning signs the backpack is too heavy

Difficulty when putting on or taking the backpack

Pain when wearing the backpack

Tingling  or numbness n the shoulders and hands

Red strap marks on the shoulders

Changes in posture while wearing the backpack


If you have any questions or would like a free assessment of your child’s backpack call us at Rehab Solutions.

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Gillette, WY 82718

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Sundance, Wyoming 82729

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Newcastle, Wyoming 82701

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