In the past several weeks, thousands of children here in Frederick County have made the reluctant trip back to school. School brings (ugh!) homework and homework means (ugh!) books in their backpacks.
Have a kid with a backpack? Think of this the next time they head out the door… Pack it Light and Wear it Right!
In partnership with the American Occupational Therapy Association, Tx:Team and FMH want to educate children, parents, teachers and the community about the serious health problems children may have from backpacks that are too heavy or worn improperly.
This is why the Tx:Team therapy team at FMH Rose Hill is highlighting Backpack Awareness in the month of September. The community is invited into the clinic to pick up information regarding proper fitting of backpacks in the effort to Lighten Up!
Every year, we’re seeing more children with stooped shoulders, sore necks, and aching backs from carrying school backpacks, and we can’t afford to put our children at risk for a lifetime of problems.
More than 40 million children in the United States carry school backpacks, and more than half of them may be carrying too much weight. Children carrying overloaded backpacks and improperly worn packs, according to U.S. and international studies, are likely to experience neck, shoulder, and back pain; adverse effects on posture and the developing spine; and compromised breathing and fatigue.
The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission estimates that more than 7,000 emergency room visits in 2001 resulted from injuries related to backpacks and book bags — half of those occurred among children between the ages of five and 14, the ages of elementary and middle-school students. Check out our Backpack Fact Sheet for more interesting statistics.
The growing awareness of potential long-term problems to children has resulted in increased medical research and proposed legislation in at least two states to address the issue of backpack weight in relation to student health.
The Occupational Therapists of Tx:Team and Frederick Memorial Healthcare System are working together to educate parents, students and the community to reduce the risks from improper use of school backpacks.
Because occupational therapy practitioners work with children in the Frederick school districts, we want to empower our children to lighten their load and share the backpack burden with their parents and teachers.
Tx:Team and Frederick Memorial Healthcare System are constantly striving to find different ways to keep our community healthy!
Get the details on how to Pack it Light and Wear it Right!