Selecting the Perfect Backpack

Across Canada, families are quickly wrapping up back to school shopping.  On the list of essential items is a backpack, which will soon be filled with homework, lunches, clothing and much more.  This year, give the gift of good posture and back health by ensuring your child can wear and carry their backpack correctly.

Sure, we know kids want to be “cool” or show off the latest in colours or trends, but incorrect sizing or poor packing can lead to long-term effects.  Here’s what you, and your children, need to know.

1. Make sure the backpack is worn using both shoulder straps.
2. Look for a bag with padded straps.  Ensure the straps fit snugly to the body.  A loose bag can bounce around and impact balance.
3. A backpack worn over one should can cause learning, curvature of the spine, and even hinder the walking gait.
4. Bigger is NOT better.  The Canadian Chiropractic Association strongly recommends a bag never “hang more than four inches below the waistline”.

A properly fitted backpack will not cause shoulder strain or back strain!

For more information and help in selecting the perfect backpack, the Vancouver Island Health Authority offers these tips.

selecting the perfect backpack