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  • Back Pack Safety



Students have a lot more to carry around than they did in previous years. Without lockers and netbook requirements, backpack weights have gone up significantly. We would like to share some tips with you on how to keep your backpack weight light. The recommended maximum limits are 10-15% of bodyweight.


Selecting a Pack
what to look for:


-wide shoulder straps

-support straps at chest and waist

-holds all of your stuff

-fits body properly



Each Student has unique needs and body type:

Every pack fits each kid differently.

-straps adjust enough so that pack fits close to the body

-pack is length of torso and bottom should be 2” below waist

-Brands worth looking at: Northface, LL Bean
-Roller backpacks are OK too, if you can manage them up/down the stairs easily




What’s typically in the Backpack? ITEM TIP Netbook This is heaviest item, pack it closest to your back Binder Minimize and use light weight plastic folders instead. Avoid Trapper Keepers-they are heavy!

Planner/Notebooks Tear out used pages & store/recycle

Water Bottle Fill 1/3 and refill during day/use ice as it’s lighter

Accessories -calc/pencils/markers/sticky notes/etc

Try to leave what you can in class or home

Lunch Consider weight when buying a lunchbox

Gym clothes/Instrument Store in gym locker/music room


back Pack Graph



Catching on in the Media:
Mainstream media and even the surgeon general are offering warnings to parents and users alike that the weight of your pack has health consequences.


Back Pack Artwork

About the aurthors:

Ben Wobker, PT,MSPT, CSCS, SFMAc

Dr. Geoff Lecovin, ND, DC, LAc, CSCS

Janis Rabuchin
Kirkland Middle School PTSA Back Pack Committee Chair

Join our Backpack Committee by emailing:

KMS: Back Pack PowerPoint Presentation (click here)




Huffington Post:




Out Takes:











Video Credit:
Janis Rabuchin



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