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Infographic: How To Pick The Right Backpack To Prevent Injury

Posted by Janice Dombrowski on Aug 7, 2014

Preparing for back to school brings both excitement and anxiety for parents and caretakers as they get ready to send students back to the classroom. If navigating a long list of gear needed to prepare for the school year ahead seems like a daunting task, we’ve got a resource to help you check off one of the most important items.

Whether it’s the pens and notebooks or clothing and shoes on the list, students may pay more attention to the latest colors and styles. Parents and caretakers, however, must focus on practicality, cost and safety. It is important to note that one of the most critical items on your student’s list is the backpack he or she will carry everyday throughout the school year. When filled with books, electronic items and other supplies, the average backpack weighs more than 15 lbs. Additionally, there are 7,000 reported backpack-related emergency room visits each year. These statistics make it essential to keep proper fit, size, style and proper packing technique in mind to avoid injury. As you prepare for the first day of school, this infographic will help you choose the perfect backpack for your student.

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Topics: Back Pain,, Neck Pain,, Back To School,, Backpack

Backpack Buying Guide

Posted by MAPS Education Team on Aug 5, 2014

Backpacks come in all shapes, sizes, colors and price tags. There are several things to consider when purchasing a backpack such as: durability, comfort and style. One aspect that is often overlooked in the buying process is how a backpack may affect back pain and neck pain.

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Topics: Healthy Living, Blog, Backpack