There’s always a mix of excitement and anxiety in the air as kids start heading back to school, but, these days, many students constantly feel the weight of the world on their shoulders. And it has nothing to do with worrying about making friends or remembering locker combinations.
No, that weight is real, and it’s with them every day, right there in their backpacks.
Tens of millions of kids wear backpacks every day, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association. Each year, thousands of injuries occur as a result of overloading and improper fit.
Backpack Safety Awareness Month, in September each year, is aimed at preventing those injuries. So follow these tips from the American Chiropractic Association to help ensure your young student isn’t weighed down:
School can be tough enough without having to lug around a 30-pound pack. So make sure the only heavy lifting your students need to do is with their minds.
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