Back-to-school: Smart tips to ease the load of kids’ backpacks

Back-to-school: Smart tips to ease the load of kids’ backpacks

ROSEMONT, Ill.  (August 8, 2017)—As parents and caregivers prepare for the new school year, it’s important they ensure that kids have an appropriately sized backpack to help reduce their risk of common back, neck and shoulder pain and injuries.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an estimated 12,900 individuals were treated in emergency rooms for backpack-related injuries in 2016. More than 6,300 of those injuries involved kids 5 to 18 years old.

Before kids head back to school this fall, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers safety tips to help reduce the risk of backpack-related injuries.

Expert advice:
“Parents should teach kids about the dos and don’ts of carrying a backpack,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic spine surgeon Dirk Alander, MD. “Helping kids organize their backpacks ahead of time will help them select only necessary items for the day and avoid  overpacking .”

The AAOS recommends the following backpack safety tips: Parents also can help with backpack-related issues:
   

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About the AAOS 
With more than 39,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues.
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Contact(s):
Sheryl Cash
phone: 847-384-4032
email: scash@aaos.org

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org