Study reveals the dangers of heavy backpacks - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


Study reveals the dangers of heavy backpacks

By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Now the evidence is even stronger that backpacks loaded with books could mean serious back problems for kids.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego used an upright MRI scanner to look at the effects of heavy backpacks on kids who were just 11-years-old. When kids put on backpacks that were about 20% to 30% of their body weight, they could see it caused a compression of their spinal discs, and curving of the lower spine.

Researchers say even if kids carry backpacks that are 10% to 22% of their body weight, over time the added weight could lead to significant back pain.

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