How to Choose the Best Backpack for Your Child

 

The we-fix-u truth about backpacks

Backpacks are the best way to carry books and accessories to school. However, carrying an overloaded backpack or wearing one improperly can lead to poor posture, neck, back and other joint and muscle pain.

Teenagers and children are particularly vulnerable to injury.  They are growing and developing, and harmful or unnecessary strain on their bodies can affect their long term health.

To reduce the risk of strain or injury, our expert medical team at We-Fix-U recommends the following when choosing and wearing a backpack

Important Tips:

1. USE BOTH SHOULDER STRAPS

To help distribute the weight of the pack evenly and to promote a more normal posture.  Over time, using one shoulder strap can result in back pain as well as strain to the neck and shoulders.

2. MAKE SURE THE BACKPACK ISN’T TOO HEAVY

When choosing a backpack, look for one made of lightweight materials like canvas, to reduce the weight your child will be carrying

3. FIT THE BACKPACK TO THE PERSON, NOT THE PERSON TO THE BACKPACK

When buying a backpack, make sure it is not ‘oversized to carry more’.  The shoulder straps should fit comfortably and not dig in to the shoulder or arm, allowing the arms to move freely.  The bottom of the pack should rest in the contour of the lower back.  The back should “sit” evenly in the middle of the back, not “sag down” toward the buttocks.

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