Tips For Buying And Packing Backpacks For School

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When it comes to purchasing a backpack, parents need to remember two things, "Pack it light. Wear it right."

There are four words that make every school age child in America cringe, "Summer is almost over." Then there are the next four words which may be equally as dreaded, "First day of school."

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Parents will flock to stores to purchase school supplies including pencils, lunchboxes, folders and the ever important backpack. It's hard to go wrong when purchasing a folder or pencils, but the wrong backpack can mean bodily injury for a child.

"Aching back and shoulders, tingling arms, weakened muscles, and stooped posture are all symptoms related to carrying a backpack that is too heavy or worn the wrong way," says Robin Janson, MS, OTR, CHT, Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Occupational Therapy Program. "To help children load and wear their backpacks and avoid pain and other health problems, we encourage parents to follow these guidelines," adds Cara Fast, MSW, who manages the Riley Safety Store and child injury prevention programs for Riley Community Education and Child Advocacy:

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