RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Back to school season will soon be
upon us and the British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) is
taking this opportunity to remind students, teachers and parents about
the dangers of improper backpack use. Through the "Pack it Light, Wear
it Light" backpack safety program, BC's chiropractors are working to
reinforce the benefits of selecting a good quality backpack, packing it
appropriately and wearing it correctly.
Research suggests that carrying too much weight or wearing a backpack
incorrectly is associated with long-term health risks such as back
pain, poor posture and headaches. As a result, over 50 per cent of
Canadian youth will suffer at least one back pain episode before they
reach adulthood. Not only are these injuries painful, they can
directly impact the enjoyment of leisure and sports activities that
form a critical part of a young person's life.
The Pack it Light, Wear it Right backpack safety program encourages
students to adopt the following safety tips to minimize the risk of
Select a backpack with a lot of pockets and two wide padded shoulder
The top of the backpack should not extend higher than the shoulder when
worn. The bottom of the bag should not fall below the top of the
Carry only the items you need for the day ahead. Store extra items in a
locker or desk.
Evenly distribute weight throughout pockets and compartments.
Pack heavy items in the part of the backpack that is closest to your
The total weight of the packed bag should not exceed 15 per cent of your
body weight or 10 per cent for younger children.
Put your bag on one strap at a time from a chair or table.
Adjust both straps so that the backpack fits snuggly. Wear both straps.
Stand up straight and don't slouch when wearing your backpack. If your
pack is too heavy, lighten your load.
More information and complimentary Pack it Light, Wear it Right
resources are available at bcchiro.com/backpacksafety. Parents and children can also consult their family chiropractor for
personalized advice. By sharing this information, BC's chiropractors
hope that fewer children experience pain from an overloaded backpack
and can instead focus on the school year ahead.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association (BCCA) is the voluntary professional organization that represents B.C.'s
chiropractic doctors on matters including health policy, public
information, and liaison with health authorities.
SOURCE: British Columbia Chiropractic Association
For further information:
Dr. Jay Robinson