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Back to School…Back to Carrying a Heavy Backpack (Sponsored)

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Purchasing your child’s school supplies? Consider the following tips when purchasing the backpack:

  • Avoid buying one-shoulder backpacks for your child. Single strap backpacks force all of the weight onto one shoulder. This causes your child to unnaturally bend to one side in order to evenly distribute the weight. Consequently, your child will develop lower back problems.
  • Buy a backpack with a waist belt. This helps to even out the weight of the backpack so it doesn’t put too much stress on one area.
  • Choose a backpack with padded, wide straps. Thin straps will dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • Remember that backpacks with multiple pockets also help distribute weight evenly.
  • A backpack with wheels takes away the burden of carrying something heavy on your back. However, your child’s school may not permit these kinds of backpacks. Check with the school before you buy one.
  • If your child has a locker in school, encourage him to drop off his books throughout the day to avoid carrying a heavy load.
  • Your child’s backpack should not weigh more than 10%-15% of his/her body weight. Pay attention to the weight of the bag.
  • Tighten the backpack's straps so the backpack fits closer to the body – but not tight enough so that the straps dig into your child’s shoulders.
  • Plan your child’s homework in advance so he doesn’t have to carry all of his books home on a single day.
  • If possible, try to obtain an extra set of textbooks at home so that your child does not have to carry the same books back and forth.
  • On certain days you may not be able to lessen your child’s backpack load. However, remember that your child can carry that extra load in his arms if necessary.

Dr. Mara Karamitopoulos and her partners can be reached at 718-283-6520.


  • Dr. Jack Choueka, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
  • Dr. David Edelstein, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon
  • Dr. Howard Goodman, Musculoskeletal Oncologist and Joint Reconstruction Surgeon
  • Dr. Mara Karamitopoulos, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Dr. Orry Erez, Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Joint Reconstruction Surgeon
  • Dr. John Munyak, Non-Operative Sports Medicine
6010 Bay Parkway, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11204