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Backpacks shouldn’t be a pain in the neck

Galveston County Daily News, March 3, 2010

Backpacks are great for children to carry items back and forth from school to home, but backpacks that weigh more than 15 percent of a child’s body weight may cause health problems. In their Keeping Kids Healthy column, UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly warn that neck, shoulder and back pain may develop from carrying a heavy backpack every day. When choosing a backpack, check to make sure that it has two wide, padded straps that fit over the child’s shoulders, a padded waist or chest belt that will distribute weight more evenly across the body, multiple compartments to distribute weight and does not have a width greater than the child’s chest.

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