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School Backpack against back pain

Updated on April 25, 2011

50% of adolescents and one in 10 children under 11 suffer from back pain and muscle contractions. The daily grind of books and school supplies is behind these diseases. For this reason, the Sant Joan de Déu hospital Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona) in collaboration with the Miquelrius stationery company, has designed an ergonomic backpack that prevents back pain in students. 

"Looking at the market we realized that children's school backpacks are very large and do not adapt well to the back," said Maria Julia Medina, a doctor of the hospital rehabilitation service. "I think we've got the perfect backpack," he concluded. 

This is a padded bag with two compartments that include ergonomically shaped straps, belts to fit the waist, and a rigid and protected to ensure proper weight distribution. The backpack, which can be bought in regular stores is sized so that students can not be overloaded. 

According to experts, the maximum load of the backpack should not exceed 10% by weight of the person wearing it. Those responsible for the rehabilitation of the hospital explained that in recent years have seen a "significant increase" of children with muscular contractions. "The risk is that this condition is becoming chronic and worsens when children and young adults", Febrer Anna has, behind the service. 

Always use both shoulder straps of the bag or place heavy items on the interior are more basic rules, according to doctors, help prevent back pain. 

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi, Great hub and very useful. I'll let two of my sisters know about this as some of their kids are now in High School and having to heave and lift heavy backpacks daily.

      I remember when we were at High School backpacks were not an 'in' thing then. We had silly bags packed with heavy text books that you had to carry all day long up and down flights of stairs. One girl in our third year actually fractured one of the small spinal bones due to heavy lifting of bags. By the time we had left school after 4th year she was still out of school and undergoing about her third operation. So this issue has been going on for years now and it would be great to see something really practical coming on the scene to help prevent spinal damage in our youngsters.

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      celebritie 

      7 years ago

      backpacks are so big and because of all the stuff in them I was wondering if it could damage our back, thanks for the information.

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