Tips for Buying a Backpack and Carrying It Safely

Back-to-School Shopping: Children can avoid muscle strains and posture problems if they buy the right backpacks and carry them correctly, health experts say.

By GreatSchools Staff

Your child may tell you that slinging that fully loaded backpack over one shoulder is cool, but it's an invitation to injury.

Here is what health professionals say you need to know to avoid the muscle pain and posture problems that can result from using a backpack incorrectly:

What to Buy

How to Carry It Safely

Lighten the Load

Here are some alternatives to help solve the overloaded backpack syndrome. For starters, ditch the pack altogether and try these creative approaches to saving your child's posture and back.