ATHLETIC EDGE
Sports Medicine
Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
 540 BRYANT ST, PALO ALTO, CA 94301
(650) 815-6552

Voted Best Sports Therapy Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area 2010-2016!

Proper Use Of Backpacks

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,
“Backpacks that are too heavy or are worn incorrectly can cause problems for children and teenagers. Improperly used backpacks may injure muscles and joints. This can lead to severe back, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as posture problems. These guidelines can help your family use backpacks safely.”

Injury Prevention:
  • Always use both straps
  • Pack lightly (do not overload)
  • Tighten the straps
  • Lift the pack properly
  • Wide, padded shoulder straps

Purchase A Pack That Fits Correctly And Includes:

  • A padded back and waist strap
  • Make sure the pack fits you or your child
  • Choose a lightweight pack

Good Posture: Prevent Early Causes of Back Pain
In our practice, we are treating (too) many young children for injuries. Let's work together to educate our children on proper posture, especially when carrying book-bags, to prevent injuries from occurring. This also begins the conversation of proper standing, sitting and sleeping posture. Many postural misalignment patterns start at a very early age.

For a review on proper standing, sitting and sleeping postures, see our stretching guide.