Backpack Safety Tips

Group of kids going to school together wearing and carrying backpacks.

Therapeutic Associates

For kids of all ages, back-to-school shopping typically includes picking out the perfect backpack. Every year brings new trends in colors, designs and popular cartoon or video game character depictions. The bag your student chooses will be with them everyday for the entire school year, so of course it’s important to let them pick something they love. It’s also important, however, to be sure the one they choose has the fit and features needed to protect their back, neck, and shoulders and keep their entire body feeling good so they are set up for success.

Focus on a functional fit.

When choosing a backpack, consider your child’s size and look for features that allow for adjustment. You can teach students about proper posture, but an ill-fitting or overweight backpack can make it impossible to maintain. Follow these tips to prevent injuries and pain.

Young man of African ethnicity helping his cute little son to put backpack on shoulders while standing behind him against cabinet with books

Check in regularly.

Protecting a child’s back is one of the most important things you can do for their health. Carrying too heavy of a load or wearing a backpack that doesn’t fit correctly can cause a child to lean forward against the backward pull of the backpack. This can lead to significant pain and discomfort or even spinal compression or misalignment.

Children in the car go to school, happy, sweet faces of sisters, pupils of a kindergarten with school backpacks, sitting in the parental car

A physical therapist can help.

We know kids come in all shapes and sizes. Our therapists can help you assess your child's backpack fit, work to improve posture problems, increase muscle strength and stability and treat pain resulting from improper backpack fit and function.

African American mother taking her daughter to the school.

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