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Backpacks are handy for carrying books—and lots of other things. But if they're not used right, they can strain muscles and even cause back pain.
Backpack safety is important for everyone. It's especially important for children, who can be hurt by regularly carrying too much weight or by not wearing their backpacks safely.
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Hikers can carry a lot more weight in their packs. But it's still important to follow some safety tips:
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (2011). Backpack safety. Available online: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00043.
American Academy of Pediatrics (2011). Backpack safety. Healthy Children. Available online: http://www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Backpack-Safety.aspx.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
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