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Health Tip: Beating Backpack Pain

Wear it the right way

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(HealthDay News) -- Backpacks can cause back pain and injury if they are too heavy or don't offer enough support.

Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing and wearing a backpack, courtesy of the National Safety Council:

  • Always wear both straps, so that the weight is distributed across both shoulders and evenly across the back.
  • A backpack should always be centered across the middle of the back.
  • Try not to overload the backpack. Keep it from getting too heavy.
  • Place the heaviest items closest to the back.
  • When lifting the backpack, bend at the knees and lift with your legs.


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