There are thousands of backpack related injuries every year. More than 50% of students carry a backpack that is heavier than the recommended guideline of 15% of the student’s total body weight. It isn’t their fault, the school requires all those books and binders! That is why we have A Backpack Safety America Program. Schools need to educate students and parents on how to properly load and carry their backpacks. If your school doesn’t currently have something in place, ask your PTA/PTO to host our office to discuss backpack safety.
Dr. Andrea Moses and Dr. Tim Ciolkosz have been using the Backpack Safety America program since 1998.