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Buy the right school bag for your kids

Most schoolkids aren’t wearing their bags correctly, Katja Mechler of Kuur Rehab tells Victoria Bentley

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Did you know that three quarters of children will experience back pain at least once during their school years? The weight of a school bag is one of the major factors contributing to back pain in children and adolescents.

“Solutions do exist, but at a cost. For the past ten years, different health organisations have campaigned to draw attention to the problem of school bags, where the weight often exceeds 20 percent of the weight of the student. This is really too much. It is suggested, where possible, to implement closed lockers and limitations in weight and size of notebooks.

Ten percent of body weight is the maximum weight a school bag should be, to be comfortably handled and safe for the child’s spine. This represents 2.5kg for a child aged seven who weighs 25kg. For an 11-year-old, this rises to 3.3kg, and 5.1kg for a 14-year-old.

“But this ideal weight is not being kept to, with the average school bag of a student in grade two weighing in at 4kg or 16 percent of body weight. So is the schoolbag with wheels better? No, and for two reasons. The first is that it weighs more than a traditional bag. The second is mechanical: pulling a wheeled case requires constant twisting of the trunk. The best thing to do is reduce the weight of the backpack and ensure your child wears it less often, but always with both shoulder straps on.”
www.kuur-rehab.com (04 425 3318).

Time Out Dubai,

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