What Heavy Backpacks Are Doing To Kids’ Bodies

Backpacks come in all sizes, colors, fabrics, and shapes. When worn correctly, the weight in a backpack is evenly distributed across the body, and shoulder and neck injuries are less common than if someone carried a briefcase or purse.

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As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they’re too heavy or are used incorrectly.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 14,000 children are treated for backpack-related injuries every year.


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