Making sure your child’s backpack is ergonomically fitted might seem unimportant but it is actually directly related to their ability to perform at school in physical and mental tasks.
Poor posture from an early age can have a larger flow on effect that starts in their schooling years and often progresses later in life, for example, if I asked you to carry a bowling ball around 5 days a week for 12 years of your life you would expect some postural changes and aches and pains, right?
Your child’s backpack should only weigh a maximum of 10-15 percent of his or her body weight. Research has found that most kids are carrying backpacks much heavier than this and on top of that most have extra-curricular items like musical instruments or sporting gear adds to this.
Incorrect backpacks can be due to:
- Too large for their size
- Too heavy for their weight
- Low positioning on their back
- Poor cushioning and support against the back
- Not enough compartments to distribute the weight evenly
- Worn with one strap or over one shoulder instead of both
Carrying such heavy bags every day can negatively impact our kids’ everyday activities and ability to learn. This starts small but over the course of 12 years it can exacerbate and lead to:
- Muscle strain
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Poor postural health
Poor postural health has also been linked to:
- low mood
- less confidence and ability to perform in test situations
Tips for correctly fitting your child’s backpack
- Pack only the essential school supplies in the backpack.
- Try to use electronic resources at home to avoid book transportation from school.
- Talk to the teacher about minimizing how much your child is carrying around.
- Use a backpack on wheels or ensure they use both backstraps.
- Store extracurricular activity items e.g., musical instruments and sports equipment in a locker at school.
- Get your child checked by a chiropractor to detect any postural changes early before they can start to have a lasting effect.
- And final tip! Make sure to check and clean out extra clutter that builds up in your child’s backpack.
Using this guide and our help, let’s prevent poor posture to allow your kids to perform at their best. Get your child’s posture and backpack assessed with us before school starts up this year.
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