Studies on backpacks for children
“The associations between adolescent ‘head-on-neck posture’, backpack weight, and anthropometric features.”
In this study published in Spine 1999 researchers evaluated the ‘head-on-neck’ posture of 985 high school students, aged 12 to 18 years. The investigators specifically assessed the craniovertebral angle of subjects wearing backpacks, and not wearing backpacks.
The study found that backpack use significantly altered head-on-neck posture in every age group studied. This finding was most pronounced in younger students.
Grimmer KA, Williams MT, Gill TK. Spine 1999; 24(21): 2262-7
This study indicates that backpacks can affect your child’s posture. Another great reason for regular chiropractic check ups for school age children.
“Backpack Injury’s on the rise.”
This study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1999 adds to the growing body of research on the negative impact of backpack use.
Investigators surveyed more than 100 medical doctors at two children’s hospitals in the U.S.
In total, 58% of the orthopaedists reported seeing patients complaining of back and shoulder pain caused by heavy backpacks.
In addition to this more than 70% of the orthopaedists surveyed indicated that if not enough attention is made to decrease some of the weight being carried in the packs, heavy backpacks can become a clinical problem in school-age children.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – October 18, 1999
This study indicates that a backpack can have a negative impact on the spine of the school age child. Another great reason for regular chiropractic check ups for school age children.