Even if you’re not a parent of school-aged children, the traffic and returning road rage has signaled the beginning of a new school year.
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Safe specifications of a child’s backpack:
- no more than 10-15 percent body weight
- well-padded shoulder straps (over both shoulders, not just one)
- abdominal strap to evenly distribute the backpack load over shoulders and back
- weight of the pack should not fall below the pant line.
- well-padded pack to prevent being poked by pencil boxes, rulers
- heaviest books in the front part of the pack, closest to the back
Source: Dr. David Marshall, medical director of sports medicine at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta