Lunchbox, books, PE kit, favourite toy, homework file, left over sweets, forgotten letters from the teacher.... it's amazing all the junk that accumulates in a school bag. Just imagine what all that weight is doing to young backs! Up to 50% of kids have developed some form of back pain by the age of 14, says the National Back Pain Association. Its study also showed that 80% of children are carrying badly designed bags, or carrying them incorrectly - often slung over one shoulder which can distort the position of the upper back and shoulders, and cause the lower back and pelvis to twist.
If your child has to lean forward while carrying their bag, or if the bag weighs more than 10 to 20% of their body weight, then it is too heavy for them and may cause problems, like back and neck pain, in the future. Follow this checklist to help reduce the risk of back pain in children:
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