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National School Backpack Awareness Day: How to Prevent Your Kids from Getting Injured

Have you seen your young son struggling with a heavy backpack, or maybe heard him complain about back pain caused by his schoolbag? That’s actually a pretty common complaint among students who usually carry fully loaded backpacks. In fact, more than 2,000 students in the country are hospitalized every year because of injuries caused by carrying heavy bags.

The rising number of backpack-related injuries has prompted the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) to heighten its public awareness campaign on the issue and has marked September 18 as National School Backpack Awareness Day. This day gives occupational therapists the opportunity to highlight the importance of backpack safety and educate students about proper bag usage, including packing, lifting, and choosing the right backpack.

AOTA, together with concerned occupational therapists and educators, uses the occasion to organize local events meant to educate people of all ages on bag usage. Whether you’re a parent, student, or anybody interested to learn about safe bag-carrying techniques, this event will surely be of help you.

 

Protect Your Kids!

The risk of your child getting an injury from an overloaded schoolbag can be prevented. As long as you follow the four simple tips below, you can prevent your child from suffering from back, neck, and shoulder pain.

  • Pick the right backpack.

Make sure that you buy a bag with safety features that include wide straps, reflective strips, zipper pulls, and a waist strap. Also, don’t buy adult-sized backpacks for your young kids since these bags tend to leave too much space for overpacking.

  • Pack properly.

Place heavy items at the back while putting light items such as pencil cases or lunchboxes in front of the bag. See to it that the bag doesn’t weigh over 10 to 15% of your child’s weight.

  • Lift carefully.

As with any other heavy object, the backpack should be picked up carefully. Ask your child to bend their knees and grab the pack with both hands before slowly standing up. If the pack is quite heavy, place the pack on a table or chair before turning around to grab the shoulder straps.

  • Adjust the bag.

Once your child has the backpack on, teach them how to adjust the shoulder straps properly. Make sure the bag’s bottom does not extend beyond the top of your child’s hip. Be sure that the hip belt is tightly secured.

 

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