Moms, do you cringe every time you see your kids going off to school with their back packs chock full to the point that they are going to fall over ? Personally, I notice it every morning on the way to work when the children get on the bus. These days kids have to carry heavier and heavier back packs that includes their books, lunches, sports equipment, musical instruments and other school supplies.
Kid’s backpacks should be no more than 15% of their body weight, so a seventh grader that weighs 100 lbs should have a backpack that's no more than 15 pounds.
11 year old Amanda’s back pack was so full of books that she had pain in her shoulders, back and legs. " It's just too heavy for me!" she cried.
Amanda was introduced to a special type of Backpack called an AirPack, as offered on Arc4life.com. This backpack has a unique patented, ergonomic air transfer system. This support system is created by a hidden adjustable air chamber placed in the lower back which transfers weight to the hips. The wide, foam-cushioned straps have buckles at the top and bottom to provide a two point adjustment. These back packs self-adjust side to side to provide better fit across the shoulders. Side cinches pull the load closer to your center of gravity increasing balance and stability. These backpacks come in 3 convenient sizes: Small, Medium, Large. The Air Packs also come in a variety of colors, popular with kids.
Well how did Amanda fare with her Airpack backpack? According to Amanda,the book bag has definitely lightened her load.
“ When I put on my book bag with all of its textbooks, and books, its just much lighter. If feels much better. The Pain is Off. My backpack is just…I mean its wonderful. The straps help my shoulder and I have an airpack over here which the greatest thing. I mean, It helps the spine, it helps by back.[It] carries the load off of my back and shoulders. The back pack is my favorite color- its pink. Its comfortable, its light- its just the best book bag ever. I am definitely going to keep using the Airpack. It's just wonderful !"
Hey Pooja- thanks for commenting. This blog post was due more to the issue of backpacks for children that are ergonomic, not about a child's weight.
School is back in session and parents need to be careful about what their kids are carrying in their back packs. By carrying an
ergonomic backpack and using it correctly, the weight that the child is carrying can be reduced by 50%. Health professionals recommend that students should carry no more than 15% of their body weight on their shoulders and backs.