WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - It's back-to-school season, and that means students are hitting the books, but lugging around hefty backpacks can bring on back pain. }}" />

   
 
 
Health Minute Examines How Backpacks Can Lead To Back Aches

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 8/25/2013 It's back-to-school season, and that means students are hitting the books. But lugging around hefty backpacks can bring on back pain. Here's Carl Azuz with today's Health Minute. Often, everything a child needs at school can be found in one place, on their back. From books and notebooks to pencils and other school supplies, it all gets toted around in a backpack. But all that stuff can really add up in weight, says Dr. David Marshall, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "We're starting to see more and more back pain complaints in the doctors and the sports medicine offices and the question is, is there a correlation between backpacks and back pain?" he asks. D. Marshall is demonstrating how he advises his own daughter to properly wear hers. "The way she has it adjusted out, it's way too low," he says. "The weight of the backpack should never be lower than the waist line, so the straps should be adjusted so the backpack fits high up on her shoulders. The shoulder straps need to be two of them, not just one, and also they need to be wide and padded." He recommends the use of an abdominal strap. "That will also help redistribute the load evenly across the child's back without having the effect of 10 pounds pulling back on their shoulders then," he says. Experts recommend these bags not weight more than about 10 to 15 percent of the student's body weight. Also, so the child does not fall or bump into another student. If that's not feasible, you may want to purchase a rolling backpack.
   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 Employees at Mansfield Memorial Homes Adult Daycare had a perfect, crisp fall afternoon for their 6th annual chili cook- off Full Story
Image1 An 18-year-old Tiro man was seriously injured Thursday night in a rollover crash in Crawford County. Full Story
 
Image1 The 20th annual Harmony House Sleep-out for the Homeless is underway at Walmart in Ontario. Full Story
Image1 Ashland University's new 1200 square foot Environmental Studies Center at the Black Fork Wetlands is open and ready for students of all ages to use. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Ashland University Opens Environmental Studies Center

Mansfield Woman Featured On Hit Reality Show

Mansfield opens new drop sites for leaf collection

Entire Statewide Republican Ticket Campaigns In Mansfield

Tree Cut Down, Damaging Headstones At Historical Cemetery

Richland CODA Discusses Flooding, Lead-Based Paint

Friendly House holding annual Coats for Kids giveaway

Trick or Treat and Parade Draws a Crowd

Task Force arrests fugitive wanted for rape

Crawford County Hiring Fair Draws Job-Seekers

Judge Candidate Phil Naumoff Speaks To Local Democrats

Jack Hanna's show coming to the Renaissance

Big Red Bookshelf Book Fair coming to Ontario

Spaghetti Bowl Raises Money,Excitement for Mansfield Rivalry

More News