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Back to School: 5 Backpack Safety Tips

It’s back to school time, and for many students, that means they're back to carrying heavy backpacks filled to the brim with textbooks, laptops and other learning materials.

It’s back to school time, and for many students, that means they're back to carrying heavy backpacks filled to the brim with textbooks, laptops and other learning materials. A study alluded to this startling calculation: A child carrying a 12 pound backpack, lifting it 10 times per day for the entire school year, has carried and lifted a combined load of 21,600 pounds- the equivalent of 6 mid-sized cars! Unfortunately, carrying heavy backpacks can lead to chronic pain and an increased risk for poor posture. That’s because an over-weighted backpack can damage the spine’s natural alignment, increasing the risk for lower back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain.

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