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I have a permanent dip above my right shoulder from years of a backpack filled with heavy text books. I do not want to even imagine what it has done to my alignment, but because of it there has been plenty of expensive therapeutic massage and chiropractic interventions to know that the backpack dilemma is a serious issue. In the day of digital technology there really should be no reason for the heavy textbook syndrome-however it is important that, especially for the growing student , parents and teachers WEIGH IN, literally, on just how much students are carrying. At one school in our area, they had a weigh-in for the entire school as an intervention and an awareness campaign. The rolling backpack can be a solution for some, but even with that you can develop shoulder and rotator cuff strain or like me simply trip over it because I can be a bit clumsy and am not really looking at my feet when I am walking down a crowded classroom hall. The rolling BP can be a nightmare to store as well in a classroom.
I think that each student really does need an essential bag for personal items but it really needs to be a collaborative effort on everyone’s part to make sure that the backpack is a safe tool and not a habitual bag of future trauma for the entire skeletal system. Not only - Beware the backpack, but beware the contents within.