August 1, 2013
Here is a link to our BACKPACK SAFETY tips. Take a look at them before you go shopping for a new backpack or before the first day of school. These things are often overlooked and can have long lasting effects on our kids.
If you’re having a hard time viewing the pdf above here are some of the tips.
PURCHASING A BACKPACK:
• Two wide padded shoulder straps
• Lightweight fabric
• Padded back
• Multiple compartments
• Waist belt
These features not only make it more comfortable to wear a backpack,
but helps evenly distribute the weight
BACKPACK SAFETY TIPS & IDEAS:
• Wear both straps. Backpack should sit evenly on the middle of the back,
two inches above the waist.
• Weight of the backpack should not exceed 10-15% of child’s body weight.
• Be aware of your posture when standing or walking with book bag.
• Pick the backpack up by bending at the knee, instead of throwing it over
WHAT KIDS CAN DO:
• Use desk or locker more frequently
• Do not carry around unnecessary items
• Lighten the load! Bring home only the books needed for homework/ studying each night. Organize the heaviest contents so they are placed near the back.
ADJUST BACKPACK IF:
• Child struggles to get the pack on and off
• Complaints of back pain arise
• Child’s standing posture is altered due to the weigh and fit of pack
The Makovicka Difference
We are leaders in our profession, locally owned and operated by physical therapists who forge relationships with patients, and advocate for their care. All of our clinics have board-certified specialists on staff, meaning you get the highest level of care to maximize your recovery, and get you back to your game. We will listen, evaluate your symptoms, and create a personalized physical therapy program to meet your needs and improve your function, strength, and mobility.