Back to school
Whilst stationary and school books are important, it’s how your child carries them that can have the most impact on their health. Despite most people knowing that a rucksack is the best type of bag to use to promote a more healthy posture, nearly a third of children carry a one-strapped bag which can cause a number of problems due to the weight being loaded to just one shoulder.
What children usually carry in their schoolbags…
- sports gear, including trainers
- mobile phones
… which collectively can become a heavy weight and, if carried incorrectly, that weight can cause aches and pains.
- Keep it light – make sure your child is not carrying any unnecessary excess weight – check that all the items in their bags are essential for the day’s activity
Choose the right bag – a rucksack is the best option as long as it is carried over both shoulders and the straps are adjusted so that the bag is held close to the back and weight is evenly distributed. If your child has a one-strapped bag, make sure they carry it across the body and alternate which shoulder they carry it on.
Footwear is key – Make sure your child has good footwear; soft-soled shoes that are supportive and have a good grip will make it easier for a child to carry a school bag.