A back to school backpack needs to be installed correctly.
“Unsuitable or improperly used back to school backpacks may cause strain or pain in the back and shoulders. When purchasing a school backpack, consider proper fit and comfort, not expensive. Usually, the best school backpack may not be the most suitable backpack. Stylish or expensive,” said Matthew Halsey, MD, director of pediatric orthopedics at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Oregon.
To find the right back to school backpack, Dr. Halsey provided the following tips:
1. Choose the right size: the width of the back to school backpack should be proportional to the width of the person. For example, children should not choose an adult-sized backpack. In addition, the height of the backpack should extend from approximately 2 inches below the shoulder blade bone to the waist height, or slightly above the waist.
2. Look for a wide, padded belt to increase shoulder comfort and protect your shoulders from excessive stress. It is important to use two belts at the same time to evenly distribute the weight of the back to school backpack. Using only one belt will increase the pressure on that shoulder. Adjustable straps are useful, not only for proper fit, but also for proper positioning - again, the backpack should sit directly above the waist and the length of the two straps should be uniform.
3. Choose a back to school backpack with pockets, slots and dividers to evenly distribute weight: In addition to using two shoulder straps and ensuring that the backpack is placed at the correct height, consider providing a backpack with pockets, slots and dividers To help evenly distribute extra weight and weight. In the package, heavier items should be placed close to the person's back. Lighter items may be farther away from the body.
4. Keep the weight of the back to school backpack at 15% of the child's weight. It is important not to drive down the backpack. This is especially true when considering children. The total weight of the backpack and its contents should not exceed 15% of a person's weight.
A 100-pound child should not be more than 15 pounds full of the back to school backpacks, and a 60-pound child should not carry more than 9 pounds.
5. Test before buying: Take some personal items that you usually carry with you in your backpack to the store. Slide them into the backpack while trying on to better feel the weight distribution and so on.
6. If you have a chest strap or belt, make sure they are placed correctly on your child. Some school backpacks offer a chest or belt designed to help reduce weight. If they don't sit on your child correctly, they won't help lose weight and may even cause discomfort.