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Back­pack Safety Start­ing to Pay Off

A report in a Sep­tem­ber 7, 2004 release from “Busi­ness Wire” states that the efforts to edu­cate the pub­lic about back­pack safety have begun to show pos­i­tive results. For sev­eral years the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion, through the major asso­ci­a­tions as well as inde­pen­dent orga­ni­za­tions, has been on a mis­sion to edu­cate the pub­lic about the dan­gers of improper back­pack usage in young spines.

Accord­ing to the United States Con­sumer Prod­ucts Safety Com­mis­sion, the num­ber of emer­gency room vis­its related to back­pack injuries is down from 7,860 to 7,649 over a one year period. Prior to this reduc­tion, for the pre­vi­ous six years, reports of such emer­gency room vis­its were up each year, hav­ing increased 360 per­cent since 1996.

Dr. Mar­vin Arns­dorff of Chi­ro­prac­tic USA and co-​founder of Back­pack Safety Amer­ica /​Inter­na­tional thinks that this is good news and bad news. He states, “For the first time since these num­bers have been reported, we see that par­ents, teach­ers, stu­dents and health care pro­fes­sion­als are becom­ing aware of the issue and tak­ing steps to address it.” He con­tin­ued, “The bad news is that the num­bers are still need­lessly high and the pain and suf­fer­ing caused by over­loaded and improp­erly worn back­packs is eas­ily preventable.”

Stu­dents, par­ents and edu­ca­tors should under­stand the risks involved in using back­packs,” says Dr. Arns­dorff. “We’re com­mit­ted to the health and safety of these chil­dren, so we help raise aware­ness through our work with schools and the community.”

Dr. Arns­dorff, along with thou­sands of Chi­ro­prac­tors and other health pro­fes­sions have joined together to pro­mote back­pack health and safety and have issued the fol­low­ing safety tips from Back­pack Safety Amer­ica /​Inter­na­tional:

  • Choose right: Bring a friend to help you mea­sure your back­pack prop­erly. The proper size back­pack is 75 per­cent of the length of your back, approx­i­mately the space between the shoul­der blades and waist.
  • Pack right: The max­i­mum weight of the loaded back­pack should not exceed 15 per­cent of your body weight. Pack only what you need for the day. Carry a book or two by hand to relieve the load if nec­es­sary. If the back­pack forces the wearer to lean for­ward to carry, it’s overloaded.
  • Do not swing your back­pack. It could hurt you and it is dan­ger­ous to those around you.
  • Make sure that pens, pen­cils and other sharp objects are stored in a safe spot so they don’t poke through and injure you or some­one else.
  • When lift­ing you back­pack fol­low these pro­ce­dures, 1. Face the pack. 2. Bend at the knees. 3. Using both hands, check the weight of the pack. 4. Lift with your legs. 5. Apply one shoul­der strap at a time. Avoid sling­ing the pack onto your back.

For more infor­ma­tion on back­pack safety and how you can bring a pro­gram to your school or school dis­trict, visit www​.back​pack​safe​.com or con­tact Back­pack Safety Amer­ica /​Inter­na­tional at 1 800 6724277 begin_​of_​the_​skype_​highlighting 1 800 6724277 end_​of_​the_​skype_​highlighting or send an e-​mail mes­sage to This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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