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Here are the best features to look for in Ergonomic backpacks...
Studies show that sixty four percent of children suffer from back pain! Making sure the backpack distributes the load evenly and learning to use a backpack properly is important.
Children Suffer from Back Pain!
Make sure the backpack has 2 straps! The entire load is placed on one side of the body when using a single strap. Balance the load on both shoulders with 2 straps.
For carrying light loads, a single strap bag is sufficient.
The right size backpack is the 2nd most important thing to have. The backpack shouldn't be larger than the child's back.
The Right Size Backpack
Wide shoulder straps should be on the backpack. Wide straps distribute the load over more area, with a minimum width of 2 inches.
Wide Shoulder Straps
Also, the straps should be padded.
Back of pack will protect the child's back from being prodded by objects loaded in the backpack when the back is padded as well.
Back is Padded
The backpack should be lightweight. The weight of the backpack causes the stress on the back. Reducing the weight will reduce the stress on the back.
A hip belt is just fantastic! It dramatically directs the load onto the much stronger hips and waist and away from the shoulders.
A Hip Belt
You also remove part of the load from the back, by lowering it to the hips. Less chance of back pain results from less stress on the back.
Having several compartments helps in 2 ways with a backpack.
It lets you put flat things next to the back and it helps keep the load where you put it.
Eliminating load shifting and slippage, a chest strap holds the shoulder straps securely on the main part of the shoulder.
A Chest Strap
So, look for one that has the above features, if you're determined to reduce back pain for your child. A happy child makes a happy parent!
A Happy Child!
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