Back to School is here but before your little one heads to class you’ll want to make sure their backpack is doing harm to their back.

Backpack Tips

  • Fit backpack to length of child’s torso and up to 2 inches below waist
  • Always use both shoulder straps, keeping backpack close to body
  • A chest or waist strap can be very helpful
  • Weight of backpack should ideally be 10-20% of child’s body weight
  • Pack heaviest items in the middle and closest to the back
  • Pack according to your child’s schedule

Posture Reminders

  • Check your posture throughout the day
  • Stand up tall, shoulders back and ears over shouldersDon’t stay in the same position for too long
  • Hold your tummy tight, but still be able to breath

Matt McCreary
Hendrick Center for Rehabilitation
1934 Hickory St.
(325) 670-6000