10 Key Tips
School is fast approaching, so before our kids go back to school with SORE backs, here are some tips that will help take the load off!
- Don’t sling your backpack on one side – this can cause the spine to lean, putting stress on the joints and muscles in the mid – and lower – back.
- Do wear both straps and adjust them so that the pack fits snugly. You should be able to slide your hand between the backpack and your back.
- Do use the waist strap because it reduces the strain on your back and transfers some of the load to your hips.
- Don’t carry your backpack too low as this will cause you to lean forward and puts the weight on your upper back.
- Don’t overload your backpack!
- Stretch your legs and back after each hour of sitting – between classes is ideal.
- When sitting and standing, keep your shoulders back and squared…and try not to “hunch” your back.
- Stretch before and after sports.
- Get the lead out of your pack! And always bend your knees to lift. If you don’t, you’ll be heading for back trouble.
- Have regular spinal check-ups.
The doctor’s are participants in BackPack Safety International. If you’d like to bring a BackPack Safety presentation to your class or group, email our team, firstname.lastname@example.org.