Take good care of
your back! If you have a sore back, maybe the reason
that it hurts is that you have too many textbooks,
notebooks, cosmetics and clothes in your backpack. You
may not think it but it is true that you should put
the heaviest items closest to your back.
Sixty percent of children get
backaches because their backpacks are overweight. It
is best that you wear your backpack over both
shoulders, not slung over one shoulder.
Teens think they won't have back
pain but teenage years are when you can start getting
back pain. Andrew Haig says, "In children, we just
don't know if those kinds of heavy loads cause
problems or not. But wearing a heavy, heavy backpack,
when your muscles and bones aren't ready for that, is
not a good thing."
Six percent of ten year olds and
18% of 14, 15 and 16 year olds complain of back pain.
If you get a backache, the best thing to do is move
around. Also, exercising your stomach muscles helps.
5.4 million people who have backaches each
One-third of school-age children
are overweight. You get overweight by not exercising
enough (for more info click
here). Not exercising can
also cause back problems. Ninety percent of Americans
will have back pain at some time in their lifespan.
Wear your backpack properly!