With the school year fast approaching and students eager to gather school supplies, sharpen their pencils, and choose their favorite colored backpack, it is important to think of the ergonomics of back-to-school. As back-to-school can be a stressful time for most families there are a few tips and tricks that can help parents and their children avoid unnecessary injuries and strains. An over-weighted and inappropriately-sized backpack is an issue that can easily be addressed and adjusted.
Backpacks have been around for a number of years as the preferred way to transport items to and from school. As most parents will probably agree, the weight that students are carrying seems to increase from year to year. It is very important to talk with your child’s teacher and learn what exactly your child really needs for school. Many times it is the diligent student that wants to make sure that he or she has all the necessary papers just in case the teacher conducts a surprise binder check. However, it is possible to have just the current papers being transported to school and then have a file at home with the extra papers for reference. Discussing with teachers ahead of time can save your child from excessive worry and from carrying excess weight.