Backpacks can be a pain in the neck and back - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Backpacks can be a pain in the neck and back

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • APD offers Open and Empty Initiative

    APD offers Open and Empty Initiative

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-08-20 14:11:29 GMT
    New signs are part of a new initiative started by the Albany Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit to encourage businesses to empty cash register drawers at the close of business and then leave the register open.More >>
    New signs are part of a new initiative started by the Albany Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit to encourage businesses to empty cash register drawers at the close of business and then leave the register open.More >>
  • Duplex on fire again after molotov cocktail attack

    Duplex on fire again after molotov cocktail attack

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:23 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:23:03 GMT
     Firefighters are investigating another fire at an Albany duplex on that was hit earlier this week with a molotov cocktail.
    Fire crews were called to the duplex in the 600 block of West Gordon Avenue around 6 Wednesday morning.
    More >>
     Firefighters are investigating another fire at an Albany duplex on that was hit earlier this week with a molotov cocktail.
    Fire crews were called to the duplex in the 600 block of West Gordon Avenue around 6 Wednesday morning.
    More >>
  • East Albany duplex fire

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:28:59 GMT
    Firefighters are on the scene of a duplex fire in the 1100 block of Clark Avenue. Around 05:22 this morning crews arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home.More >>
    Firefighters are on the scene of a duplex fire in the 1100 block of Clark Avenue. Around 05:22 this morning crews arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home.More >>

August 2, 2007

Albany -- Getting everything together for the new school year isn't just a hassle for parents. The load some kids carry can literally be a pain in the neck and back for them.

Healthcare professionals say children shouldn't carry more than ten percent of there body weight.

Backpacks that weigh more can lead to upper and lower back strain. One way to prevent injury is to make sure straps on school bags are well adjusted.

"One of the things they'll do is leave the straps real loose and that tends to pull them in an extended position," Leesburg Chiropractic, Dr. M. Chad Larson said. "Or if its to heavy of a load, there fighting the load and they're having to pull forward and that is also very hard on the neck and upper back."

Backpacks with wider padded straps are better at preventing injury. Children should also make sure that books are placed upright in book bags.

They should always use both straps when wearing their backpacks. One way to prevent injury is to make sure straps on school bags are well adjusted.

feedback: news@walb.com?subject=BackpackHealth/DR