Tuesday, August 15, 2006

'Pack It Light, Wear It Right' to Ease Backpack Pain and School Stress

Tips for getting backpack ergonomics right ...

"Today's students carry a heavy load. Stress to achieve and fit in can weigh as heavily on a student's mind as the books in their backpacks. Fortunately, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is showing students how to alleviate their pain from backpacks, while also helping them to learn, play and socialize to succeed in school.

As another school year begins AOTA is implementing a campaign called -- "Pack It Light, Wear It Right" to show students the healthiest way to use a backpack. More than 40 million students wear backpacks and according to one study, 6 out of 10 students ages 9-20 reported chronic back pain related to backpacks. Musco-skeletal problems in adulthood typically begin in these formative years of childhood. Tips for students include:

Backpack weight should be no more than 15 percent of a student's total
body weight;

Backpack straps should be worn over both shoulders for an evenly balanced
load;

Load heavier items in the backpack closest to the student's back."   (Continued via Yahoo! Finance)   [Ergonomics_Resources]

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