September 16 is National School Backpack Awareness Day in the US. The American Occupational Therapy Association is offering their Event Planning Toolkit to help OTs raise awareness by educating the public about backpack, purse, and briefcase safety.
Here’s a little trivia on the improper use of bags that may prompt you to join the AOTA in this campaign:
- In 2007, 23,000 people went to the emergency room because of injuries related to backpacks and book bags. It is reported that 55 percent of students carry a backpack heavier than the recommended guideline of 15 percent of the child’s body weight.
- Over the years, purses have grown larger to accommodate the daily load that women carry everyday. Although these large purses provide convenience in travel, they’re also potentially causing future neck, shoulder and back problems.
- Many men and women haul important documents and notebook computers back and forth to work each day. If improperly packed and worn, these briefcases can cause serious neck, shoulder and back problems for the owner.
For more information, visit the AOTA website.