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Backpack Safety Major Concern in Press

In a number of various articles, backpack safety has turned into a major problem. One article in the September 1, 2006 Ancaster News from Ontario, Canada, reports over 7,000 people needed a trip to the emergency room in 2001 due to backpack-related injuries. These numbers were reported from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A number of other interesting facts were noted. Among children age 12 to 18 it had been stated that 75 % are afflicted by some type of back pain with backpack weight being a large cause of this statistic. In accordance with an Italian study, one-third of school children regularly carried over 30 percent of their total body weight in their backpack.

Inside The Sunday Times from Ireland would be a similar article on September 03, 2006 which covered this matter. In this post they noted that international guidelines advise that children should carry no greater than 10 % of their total body weight in their backpack. Virginia Cantillon of the Chiropractic Association of Ireland warned, "We see more youngsters with problems and the majority is due to the weights they may be carrying. They can be having neck problems, mid- and lower-back pain. They can indeed be candidates for back pain in the future."

Single shoulder bags most likely are not a remedy, and may even complicate matters, based on a September 5, 2006 article from Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the "CBC News". The content notes that these new single shoulder bags are fashionable, but they are an awful idea according to the British Columbia Chiropractic Association. Dr. Don Nixdorf, executive director of the B.C. Chiropractic Association, warns people who begin using these new bags, "You'll begin to experience some pain within the neck, which could also result in headache, and movement will probably be mechanically impaired."

Another article appearing inside the September 2, 2006 Ottawa Sun, also notes that "Overloaded packs can cause damaged backs." In this article Dr. Dean Wright, president of the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA) states, "Carrying a poorly designed or overloaded backpack can put excessive weight on a child's growing spinal column." He continued, "This kind of daily stress and strain can lead to serious back pain, changes in posture and gait, and potential irritation and injury of the spine, joints and muscles."

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