Choosing a School Bag

Back pain in younger age groups can be caused by;

  • Carrying excessive weight to and from or around school
  • A poorly fitted backpack or School Bag
  • An Inappropriate Backpack or School Bag (too big/small, Poor straps/support etc)

Poorly fitted or Improper Use of School Bags can lead to:

  • Scoliosis,
  • Stress Fractures
  • Kyphosis,
  • Neck, Middle or Lower Back pain,
  • Headaches,
  • Shoulder pain,

What Can You Do?

  • Choosing an appropriate school bag,
  • have it fitted correctly
  • and ensure it is being worn properly

How to Choose a School Bag

Choose a backpack:

  • Two even straps that can be adjusted.  Bags with one strap can cause injury to the shoulder, back and neck from uneven loads.
  • If possible choose one with a Moulded Frame an an adjustable Waist Strap.  It is far better to have the weight on the hips and pelvis than going through the spine. (like a bushwalking pack)
  • Fits your child and is appropriate to their body size. ie. rests against their middle back. Avoid bags that are wider than your child or sit below the waist.
  • Straps and the back of the pack should be padded and wideenough to distribute the weight of the bag more evenly.
  • The width of the bag should not be to far from the back ie. choose a slim pack

How to Use a School Bag

  • Always use the two should straps
  • Always pack the heaviest items at the bottom of the pack
  • Never overload the pack (maximum 2/5 of body weight)
  • Never Carry anything but what you need for that day
  • Never Carry the pack for prolonged periods of time (more than 30 minutes)

For more information please Contact Us or ask your Physiotherapist