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Backpack checkup for Back-to-School

Many schools require pre-admission physicals to ensure that your child
is healthy to return … but how about a backpack checkup? Would it
surprise you that more than 60% of students ages 11-15 years, who
use backpacks, also complain of back pain?
Back pain can easily be prevented by following a few simple guidelines.
Choose a child’s backpack. With the shoulder straps properly
fitted to your child, the bottom of the backpack should be two
inches above the waist.
Choose a backpack that has wide, padded shoulder straps.
Make sure that your child’s filled backpack weighs no more
than 10% to 15% of his/her body weight. For example, a cllila
weighing 50 pounds should carry no more than 5-7.5 pounds.
Encourage your child to use both shoulder straps to balance
the weight of the backpack, and not just one. The waist strap
should also be used to further distribute the weight evenly.
Teach your child to bend at the knees to pick up the backpack
using his or her legs, instead of bending over and picking it up.
Dr. Benz will be happy to check your child’s backpack for proper
size, weight and posture. Please call for a complementary backpack checkup.

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