Study Says Even Light-weight Backpacks Can Do Harm

It's a common sight in schools, kids overloaded with heavy backpacks that typically weigh nearly a quarter of their body weight.

Last year, university of California researchers found loads as small as 10% of a child's body weight can obstruct blood flow through the shoulders.

Recently, the same group of researchers studied the impact of heavy backpacks on adults. They found that even light loads of 26 pounds decreased blood flow through the shoulders and could lead to a loss in fine motor control.


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  • by David Location: Manteo on Apr 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM
    I agree Barbara. We didnt have this sort of thing when we were in school. But for some reason, now a days, all schools want to treat our children like military cadets. Toting all those books like that all day long then having to tote them home each day is getting rediculous. There is a solution to this issue but it seems as though the Board of Education officials dont care and dont want to find a solution to make it easier on our children. They might be waiting on a lawsuit from a majorly injured child with back problems. I am shocked there hasnt been one. We had it so much easier when we were in school, when it comes to toting books.
  • by Granny Location: Plymouth on Apr 10, 2008 at 07:25 AM
    I could cry when I see my precious little granddaughter carrying a bookbag that weighs more than she does.She has to lean way over to carry it on her back.Why can't something be done about this before there are serious back problems? There has to be an answer.
  • by Barbara Location: Beulaville on Apr 10, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    I agree. When we were in school we could go to our locker at the end of each class and switch out books for next class. But now they have to go to their lockers at appointed times. Why. Because they can't be trusted to do as they are told. Go to locker and then to class. No they have to ramble the halls and do whatever. So this falls on the student.But where is the ones who are suppose to be in charge. You do something wrong then you suffer the consquences. Make ISS a larger room. There is almost always an answer to a problem, but no one has the guts to do anything about it. Where are our leaders? We don't have any.Not in school, not in government or anywhere else.
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