As your students start to fill up their backpacks this year, there are a few things to keep in mind. Backpacks are a great way to tote books and school supplies - when they're used the right way.
But backpacks that are loaded with too much and are too heavy - or those that are not worn properly can cause serious problems. That can lead to muscle strain of the neck, shoulders, back, and posture problems. We talked to local spine surgeon Lindsey Clark about what doctors recommend to keep kids backs healthy.
Dr. Clark says a backpack should not exceed 10 to 15 percent of a child's body weight. And parents should always put heavier items closer to the child's back. Dr. Clark also recommends choosing a backpack with wide, well-padded straps, a padded back, and a waist belt.