What can YOU do to mitigate this issue?
1. Select the right backpack.
Backpacks should have 2 wide straps that allow for better displacement of weight across the back allowing the shoulders to move freely and be comfortable when loaded with weight or books. Technically a waist stap also helps, but in reality kids aren’t going to use one.
2. Wear and Use
Backpacks need to be worn correctly with straps secure around the shoulders and hands holding the straps with elbows back. This hand and elbow positioning will allow the shoulder blades to retract, placing the body in a more conducive posture when walking.
Once you have selected the right equipment and know how to use it, the child’s back needs to be strengthened. We’ve put together a group of “Backpack” exercises, exercises that just use your body weight and your backpack.