Back to School Backpack Safety
How to pick the best made backpack for your child AND promote safe carrying habits!
Written By: Emma White Montalvo, Freelance Writer and Friend of McCann Family Chiropractic
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics youth (especially prepubescents) are at greater risk than adults for experiencing backpack related injuries. This is due to them not having significant muscle mass to support heavy backpack weight.
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) as well as the National Safety Council (NSC) both provide excellent advice to parents on how to approach finding and using the right backpack. We agree with their advice and know that following the tips we will discuss below will help maintain your child's chiropractic health.
First, there are many product attributes to consider before buying a backpack.
Once school starts, it is important to teach a child proper backpack safety behavior to limit potential injury from improper usage.
Finally, communication is key!
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons encourages all parents to ask their children to be vocal about any discomfort they may feel correlated to wearing their backpack. We certainly agree. How are parents to know if their child is suffering pain at school if the child doesn't speak up at home?
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