“Strapping on the backpack” is a
daily ritual for students who struggle to stuff and carry the
necessities of school: Books, binders and supplies, alongside their
sports gear, food and drinks. Research indicates that there are
long-term health risks associated with youth who wear poorly designed
backpacks or carry too much weight. In fact, over 50% of Canadian youth will suffer at least one back pain episode during their school years. Not only are these injuries painful, they can directly impact the enjoyment of leisure and sports activities that are critical part of a young person’s life.
The British Columbia Chiropractic Association has provided us with the “Pack it Light. Wear it Right” backpack safety program to drastically reduce the risk of injury and support your child’s physical development.