Backpack Safety Tips for New School Year

In July 2017, the Oregon Depart of Education website showcased an article from the Oregon Chiropractic Association (OCA) citing Consumer Product Safety Commission’s concerns. Over 7,000 ER visits each year are due to backpack injuries. The OCA adds, “The vast majority of students carry backpacks that weigh a quarter or more of the student’s body weight.”

The following advice is offered to avoid injury from back packs:

  • Always wear both straps.
  • Choose packs with wide padded straps.
  • Backpack weight shouldn’t exceed 10% of student body weight.
  • Packs shouldn’t hang more than 4 inches below the student’s waist.
  • Leave what you don’t need in the locker.
  • Consider rolling bags.