Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pack it Light, Wear it Right!

A reminder on kids backpacks ...

"When it comes to backpacks- pack it light and wear it right-

At least that's what Ministry Rehab Services tells students at Rhinelander schools.

Organizers say it's important to spread awareness of backpack safety because there are many health risks students can face.

If a backpack's weight is more than 15 percent of the student's weight, overuse injuries like tendonitis can occure.

Josh Ice is an athlete trainer with Ministry. He says, "With proper ergonomics of the backpack and kids, it's important to put less stress on their back and joints and muscles."

Health officials say the heaviest items should sit closest to the child's back.

Students should wear both shoulder straps for an evenly balanced load."    (Continued via WJFW TV-12, Rhinelander)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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