Backpacks are a school essential these days, but a recent study says that more than half of kids carry too much weight. Wednesday, September. 21, Courage Kenny Kids physical and occupational therapists will weigh backpacks and offer information and safety tips.
Parents and children can drop by for quick, free backpack assessments at Courage Kenny Kids locations in Buffalo, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Forest Lake, Golden Valley, New Ulm, Owatonna and two sites in Stillwater. Staff will also be happy to weigh parents’ briefcases and purses.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) recommends that children carry 10 percent or less of their body weight in a backpack. For example, if a child is 60 pounds, the backpack should weigh six pounds or less.
Backpacks worn incorrectly or that are too heavy for a child can result in back pain, strain or back injury. In 2013, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that nearly 22,200 strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures from backpack use were treated in hospital emergency rooms, physicians’ offices and clinics.
Courage Kenny Rehabilitation
Institute, part of Allina Health, was created in 2013 by the merger of Courage
Center and Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. The Institute
provides a continuum of rehabilitation services for people with short- and
long-term conditions, injuries and disabilities in communities throughout
Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute has
multiple locations, and numerous
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