The correct use of both of the wide, well-padded shoulder straps will help distribute the weight of the backpack.
When choosing a backpack, look for some of the following features.
- Wide, padded shoulder straps
- Two shoulder straps
- Padded back
- Waist strap
- Lightweight backpack
- Rolling backpack
Always use both shoulder straps. Tighten the straps so that the pack is close to the body.
To prevent injury when using a backpack, do the following:
- Always use both shoulder straps
- Tighten the straps
- Pack light
- Remove items
- Lift properly
- Build muscle strength
- Encourage your child or teenager to tell you about pain or discomfort that may be caused by a heavy backpack.
- Do not ignore any back pain in a child or teenager.
- Talk to the school about lightening the load.
- Be sure the school allows students to stop at their lockers throughout the day. Team up with other parents to encourage changes.
- If your child has back pain that does not improve, consider buying a second set of textbooks to keep at home.