BackCare Awareness this week is being aimed at schoolchildren who are increasingly at risk of back pain. If there’s one time in your life when you should be free of aches and pains you’d think it would be when you’re a kid but 1 in 4 secondary school pupils report regular or daily back pain.
One risk factor that may be contributing to this is the use of backpacks and the weight of them. So what should you be looking for when you’re looking for a backpack for school?
– Make sure the backpack isn’t too big. On the school run I see lots of kids with huge backpacks. Ideally the backpack shouldn’t be any wider than your child and they definitely shouldn’t look swamped by it.
– Obviously fashion, looks and what their friends have got will be your child’s top priority when looking for a backpack but comfort and fit need to be at the top of your priority list. What’s worked for me is getting them to pick out 3-5 bags that they like then I pick the one that is the best for their backs.
So how do you know which backpacks will be best for their backs? Here are some features to look out for:
- Lightweight material
- Two padded, adjustable shoulder straps on the backpack
- Padded back
- Separate compartments
- Hip strap or waist belt to help share the weight of the backpack from the shoulders and back to the pelvis.
- Consider using a separate bag for the child’s laptop or other heavier electronic items.Yes, they’ll need to carry this but it’ll take substantial weight from the back.
Happy shopping! Remember, you can always ask us for advice if on this subject. If you’ve seen a bag but aren’t sure or if you’re struggling to choose between two bags just drop us an email or pick up the phone and we’ll be happy to help. All our contact details are on our website www.midsussexosteopaths.co.uk
Our next blog as part of this Back care Awareness week will look at tips and advice regarding how best to use a backpack to avoid any back issue.