Using the right backpack the right way matters!
1: Pick a backpack that has 2 padded straps that go over your shoulders. The wider the straps the better to give you more support. Wear both straps to create more equal weight distribution.
2: Pick the correct size backpack, you don’t want one that is over-sized.
3: Limit your load to 10% -15% of your body weight. Make stops at you locked more often to switch books and lighten up your backpack.
4: Put heavier items towards the back, or if its too heavy and your can’t remove items consider a backpack with wheels.
5: Tighten your straps so backpack is snug on the back. You don’t want a backpack that sags below the hips, which tends to pull the child backwards.
by Tiffany Collins, PTA