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Backpacks are a fixture on children’s backs from the first day of kindergarten until graduation day. Here’s the startling truth: close to 28,000 people were treated in hospitals for backpack-related injuries like strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures in 2010, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
66% of children report fatigue caused by weight of their backpack
46% of children report back pain caused by weight of their backpack
Springfree parents were very vocal on this topic. An overwhelming majority expressed concern about the weight of their children’s backpacks. Some of you gave alarming testimonials:
“I routinely weigh my petite 11 year old’s back pack. She is 75 lbs and soaking wet, her backpack averages about 25 pounds. I hate it!” – Kelly
“[Last year, my son] was a 6th grader, barely 68 lbs and with his backpack packed, trumpet in hand for band and lunchbox he stepped on the scale and weighed in at 102 lbs! I was LIVID! A 34 lb gain in STUFF for school.” – Joy
As a rule of thumb, a child should not carry more than 10-15% of his or her body weight.
A number of Springfree parents also identified textbooks as the main cause of heavy backpacks. Some tips to lighten the textbook load include: bringing textbooks home only when necessary, photocopying relevant pages or keeping a second set of textbooks at home.