It’s that time of the year when students of all ages head back to the classroom. And with that, comes the mountain of books, laptops, binders and more…and all stuffed into one backpack.

While your student may want the latest colors, trends or styles – it’s important to pay attention to size and fit. A backpack, if sized or worn improperly, can create unnecessary pain and injury.

Follow these tips shared by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon: 

Tip #1:

When choosing your backpack, don’t just look for the most fashionable one. Choose a bag that has 2 shoulder straps. Make sure the straps are wide, and include padding in the shoulder.

Other important features to look for when shopping are waist straps and padded backs. These key features will help with weight distribution on your shoulders and back and reduce the risk of pain or injury.

Tip 2:

Make sure the backpack is properly fitted to your body. Tighten the straps to keep the weight of the backpack across your back. This will ensure a proper weight distribution as opposed to the weight resting on your shoulders.

Tip #3:

Organize the placement of materials in your backpack. Heavier items should be kept low and towards the center of the backpack.

Tip #4

Keep your backpack materials to NEEDED items only. Try to eliminate unnecessary weight!

Tip #5:

Consider some backpack alternatives, such as a rolling backpacks or crossbody bags. This will reduce strain on your back and shoulders.

We wish all students a fun, safe and healthy year of learning!