Grade school, high school, or university - back to school means back to backpacks. Student sherpas schlepping daily necessities can be seen everywhere.
By now we`ve walked you through how to select your pack, fit your pack, pack your pack and wear your pack. (Missed the bus on that one? Just ask. We would be happy to share the current recommendations). Now we`re back (pardon the pun) to tell you more.
Researchers in Italy looked at 108 families where parents and teachers of grade school students were each taught backpack safety. Although these kids did reduce how much they carried in their backpack by 11.2 per cent, compared with 7.9 per cent among controls, the difference was not considered statistically significant. Before you think these families had unlimited access to free chiropractic care, read on.
In this publication, "backpacks are considered a problem by 95.1per cent of parents, 73 per cent of teachers and 60.3 per cent of pupils". In addition, 72.7 per cent of subjects reported fatigue during backpack carrying, while 58.4 per cent reported related back pain.
Analysis found that 90 per cent of the material carried were considered “necessary". Sound familiar? If you just can’t do without, the extra effort to strategize what you pack and when may be worth it. Great strategies include; don’t pack too far ahead, break up your day if you can, or leave items safely behind for the next use. And those days when education is too much… Well, we will be here to help you with that too.
Europa medicophysica - September 2004;40:185-90.