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Backpack Awareness

Using a backpack is a great way to tote your books, lunches, sporting gear and other items you may need throughout the day.  However, carrying too much or carrying things improperly can result in strain on your back, neck, and arms, not to mention bad posture.


Occupational therapy recommends:

    • Your backpack should weigh no more than 10%-15% of your body weight.
    • Load heaviest items closest to your back.
    • Arrange materials so they won’t slide around.
    • Carry some books if your pack is too heavy or tightly packed.
    • Distribute weight by wearing both straps.
    • Select a pack with well padded straps.
    • Adjust the straps to fit snugly on your back.  A loose backpack can strain muscles.
    • The bottom of the backpack should rest in the curve of your lower back.
    • Make frequent locker stops to keep the weight of your bag lighter.
    • Lift your backpack correctly by bending at the knees and lifting with your legs.


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MSU Rehabilitation
4660 S. Hagadorn Rd., Suite 400
East Lansing, MI 48823


Phone: (517) 355-7648
Fax: (517) 432-1319

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