Heavy bags pose health risk to children, warn physiotherapists – Independent.ie

Physiotherapists are warning that children’s heavy backpacks may be putting them at risk of developing back problems. However, it is possible to reduce this risk with some smart shopping. Buying a lightweight backpack with two shoulder straps and ensuring that the child wears the straps on both shoulders will help distribute weight evenly. Parents should also make sure that the bag is neither too big nor too long. Students should also try to carry only what they need, offloading extra belongings in lockers.

Key Takeaways:

  • Growing numbers of children are at risk of developing back problems from heavy school bags, physiotherapists have warned.
  • A pupil should aim to only carry what they have to. Think ahead and only carry books and other items that are required. If there is a locker available in school, make good use of it.
  • Where possible parents could suggest timetabling of classes to reduce the necessity for children to bring all their books to school every day.

“Growing numbers of children are at risk of developing back problems from heavy school bags, physiotherapists have warned.”

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