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Backpacks for Children Questioned

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution September 28th 1999 issue, comes an article of interest regarding children carrying heavy backpacks. The article links these packs to an increasing amount of musculoskelital problems in children. The issue, based on the article is that the weight of such packs upsets the balance in the spine, which could cause spinal and muscular issues.

The American Chiropractic Association suggests that youngsters not have packs weighing more than 10 or 15% of the childs body weight. The International Chiropractors Association (ICA) also states that incorrect lifting and carrying by the child may also contribute to spinal stress. The solutions suggested by the Journal-Constitution article recommend lightening the pack in addition to ensuring the load carried is well balanced. The ICA also suggests regular chiropractic checkups for your child to ensure proper spinal and nervous system function.

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