School Backpack against back pain
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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