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Backpacks can cause back pain

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In a week and a half Alabama school students will head back to class.  Before you send them to school with a backpack in tow, you need to think about back pain.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission backpack injuries in children ages 5 to 18 increased more than 6% between 2010 and 2011.

Parents can take some steps to minimize risk:

  • Backpacks should weigh less than 15% of the child's body weight.
  • Stay away from packas with narrow straps that can dig into muscles.  
  • If your kid's school allows it, you might want to buy a rolling book bag instead.