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Backpack Misuse Results in Back Problems

More groups are warning on the matter of children carrying backpacks. In 2 February 2001 stories by the Associated Press and PRNewswire, wellness groups are speaking out concerning the risks of overweight backpacks being carried by children. Some of the organizations that have issued warnings include, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Chiropractic Association and also the International Chiropractors Association.

Several school districts have actually began to tackle this issue. The Wayland, Mass., public school system has passed out additional copies of some textbooks to junior high school students so that they don't have to carry as many books between school and home. Research conducted recently carried out in Italy discovered that the standard child carries a backpack that is the equal to a 39-pound burden for a 176-pound man, or a 29- pound load for a 132-pound woman. Additionally, preliminary results of studies being conducted in France show that the longer a child wears a backpack, the longer it takes for a curvature or deformity of the spine to correct itself.

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