She says one of the aspects of being a physical therapist that she likes best is the opportunity to intertwine prevention, safety and wellness into her practice. This is particularly important when working with children. They have a very long life ahead of them, and it is important to treat our bodies right from the start. One area every school age child and their parents need to pay attention to is their backpack.
Choosing the “perfect” backpack is one of the most important decisions in getting ready for school. Of course, some of the key elements are color, logo, pockets for Ipad, and shape . In the past few years whether to have or not have wheels has been added to the list. But, how many times do parents consider the size of the pack in relation to their child’s size? Here are some research-based suggestions:
What are the best features for a backpack?
- 2 wide padded shoulder straps
- padded back
- waist strap
- lightweight material
- multiple compartments to organize
- place both straps on shoulders and pull snug
- fasten the waist strap
- pack should sit 2″ above the child’s waist
- pack heaviest books closest to the back
- wear the pack don’t carry it
- the pack should weigh only 10-15% of your child’s weight
- pick the pack up with two hands and place on a table to put on the floor
- pick the correct size pack
- do not over load the pack
- pack heaviest items close to the body
- put on & take off the pack with two hands and preferably where it can be sat on a counter or table
- always place your pack out of the aisle
- never fling a pack
Gail’s latest pick is from Dakine that offer backpacks with waist straps and a discount on the first purchase!
Have a fun and safe back-to-school time!