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The Healthy Way To Wear A Backpack {Infographic}

Kids wearing heavy backpacks on one shoulder will end up with aches and pains

When I was in school, picking out a new backpack was super exciting! My Mom even took me to the Jansport outlet store so I could have the coolest backpack in school. But when it came to my backpack strategy…I threw my pack over one shoulder, jammed it full of books and never even knew that there was a right and wrong way to wear it!

Most of the time parents and their children are in a mad hurry to get packed up and ready to go in the morning. But, it’s important for parents and even high school and college students to be aware of how to properly pack and wear a backpack. Just be sure to choose a pack that is the right size for you or your child!

Symptoms of Wearing Too Heavy of a Backpack

  • Pain in the back, shoulders, neck and hands
  • Strained and weakened muscles
  • Tingling and pain in the arms
  • Poor posture & curved spine
Follow The American Occupational Therapy Association’s simple strategy for parents and students,
Pack it Light, Wear it Right. 

Here’s a helpful visual that will keep your children’s nervous systems on the right track, help them to have better posture and avoid aches and pains.

The Healthy Way To Wear A Backpack

Have questions or comments? Go ahead and post a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

+Ashley Steinbrinck writes regularly about natural health and happiness for Natural Healthy Concepts. Visit the site today to browse a wide selection of herbal nutrition supplements, homeopathic medicine and natural skin care!

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8 Responses to The Healthy Way To Wear A Backpack {Infographic}

  1. Kaitlyn, OTS September 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering if I could have your permission to use this backpack awareness flyer for an event my classmates and I are running at a local elementary school. We were planning on sending home flyers to the parents to reinforce some of the basic concepts of backpack awareness.
    Thank you,
    Kaitlyn T., OTS
    Bay Path College

  2. Kaitlyn, OTS September 11, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    We would love the PDF, thank you!

  3. Julie September 2, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    Hi! This is a great visual! Can I also have your permission to use the backpack awareness flyer for our Backpack Awareness Event? If so, will you send me the PDF?

    Thank you,

    Julie R.

  4. Marija July 19, 2017 at 3:51 am #

    HI Ashley!
    This is great infographic! Can you give me permission to translate this to serbian and use it for our facebook page about Backpacks?
    Thank you in advance!


    • Molly Powers August 11, 2017 at 8:14 am #

      Hi Marija,
      You can definitely translate and use this infographic– however, we’d appreciate it if you’d also link back to the original post! Thanks!


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