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Backpack Safety

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Posted 10/13/2014

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Most kids wear backpacks to school. Chances are, they're wearing them in a way that could give them back trouble. Occupational therapist Rachel Hagemeyer explains what experts say are the safest ways to load and wear a backpack. She says at least 2000 kids go to the doctor every year in the U.S. because of backpack related injuries. Hagemeyer says parents should focus on three things when it comes to their children's backpacks: 1. Size of the backpack 2. Fit adjustments 3. Proper loading and weight Experts say a backpack should weigh 10% of the child's body weight. So a 70 pound child should have a backpack that weighs no more than 7 pounds. Hagemeyer says excess weight should be carried in the student's hands. For more information about make an appointment with an occupational therapist at The Nebraska Medical Center, call 1-800-922-0000 or visit