Health - Heavy Backpacks

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Heavy, poorly positioned backpacks hard on kids Mon Dec 5, 2005 11:54 PM GMT By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The average backpack load of a typical U.S. middle-schooler is too heavy and should be reduced for comfort and safety, a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine-based team concludes in a report released today. The researchers warn that excessive pressure on the shoulder from weighty backpacks may lead to shoulder pain, and an uneven backpack load may lead to low back pain. Brandon Macias, a principal investigator for the study, told Reuters Health: "Based on this study and recent unpublished data, we have four recommendations -- backpacks should be positioned high on the back, backpack straps should be over both shoulders, weight in the backpacks should be minimized, and backpacks should have wide straps." The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that nearly 7,500 school children are seen in emergency rooms each year due to injuries related to backpacks or book bags, the team reports in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. With the help of ten 13-year-old students (five girls and five boys), Macias and his colleagues
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