Back(Pack) To School!

It’s back to school for the kids, so we thought we’d have a chat with you all about backpacks, and how we should be wearing them. “How hard can it be?” we hear you ask… well you’d be surprised at how many people do not wear their backpacks correctly. And children are particularly bad at it.

Ever seen your kid walking down the street with their backpack hanging halfway to the pavement slung off one shoulder? It might be the cool thing to do, but they could be putting themselves at risk of injury somewhere down the line.

The following are some handy pointers to follow to ensure your child (and you… the rules are for everybody) are wearing and carrying their bags safely:

  1. Always wear BOTH straps no matter what! This is done to ensure the weight of the bag isn’t distributed to one side of the body more than the other.
  2. Adjust the straps so that the bag sits above the waistline. Do not let it hang below the waist or you will create an excessive arch or sway in the lower back.
  3. Tighten the straps enough to ensure the bag does not swing around on your back when walking. You could be exposing your body to unnecessary rotation forces and put yourself at risk of an injury.
  4. If you have a chest strap, this will also help with keeping the straps in place to reduce swinging.
  5. If you have a waist strap, this can help to spread the load of the backpack over the hips, reducing load through the shoulders
  6. Follow the recommended backpack weight guidelines of no more than 5-10% of a person’s body weight

Not following these recommendations could leave your child, and you, at risk of developing neck, shoulder and other spinal issues. If you are unsure and would like further help, please speak to your practitioner here at Bounce Back and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction!

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