Backpack Impact: Statistics & Injury Prevention
Did you know that one in four students report having back pain for 15 days or more during the school year? In 2013, there were 5,415 backpack-related injuries treated at emergency rooms in the U.S. With 60% of students between ages 12 and 17 carrying backpacks that weigh 10% (or more) of their body weight, it's little wonder pain is quick to follow.
Below are long-term effects of carrying heavy backpacks, as well as tips on how to choose your backpack wisely and wear your backpack correctly.
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