Pack light when it comes to backpack safety matters

August 20, 2013

As the bustle of the back-to-school shopping season descends upon Issaquah School District families, it’s likely that a new backpack is at the top of the shopping list.

The backpack featuring a student’s favorite cartoon character will likely stand out, as will the one with that particularly hip design, but it’s not the color that matters so much as the function.

Thinkstock Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

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Backpacks, with increased capacity for a growing homework load, can cause problems with students’ backs if worn incorrectly.

Studies show that overloaded or improperly worn backpacks can cause back, neck and shoulder pain that, if left untreated, could grow worse into adulthood.

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