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How to Pick the Perfect Backpack for School Guide


As school is quickly approaching, it is important to consider the load that our children will be carrying on their backs daily. Technology has become a big contributor to neck pain in children and teens. Back pain has been on the rise as well because kids are now carrying heavier packs to and from school.


Things to consider for your child’s backpack:

  • Padded straps and a padded back

  • Straps that are nice and wide to distribute the weight

  • Having two straps and using both equally

  • Multiple compartments to help distribute the load

  • Make sure the backpack size is appropriate for your child; bigger is not always better

  • The backpack and its contents should weigh no more than 10% of your child’s body weight

Living in Colorado we know the importance of a quality pack when hiking. Apply that knowledge to your child’s backpack. If it weighs too much, talk to the teacher about ways to lighten the load and see if anything can be left at school.


Excess weight in a backpack can cause kids to lean forward while walking and puts them in a less than optimal load bearing posture. This poor position can be worsened if the pack hangs lower than 4 inches below the child’s waist. The same goes if it is too high up on the shoulders. You want the backpack straps tighter to keep the load close to your back for better weight distribution.


Taking a few minutes to evaluate our children’s backpacks can save them a lot of discomfort and pain as they work their way through the school year. Remember to break up that time spent on electronics and let’s help our kids have a great year in school!



Jeric Toney, DC


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