September 20 is the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Backpack Awareness Day.
Nation-wide physicians are trying to spread the knowledge on how overly-heavy backpacks can do permanent damage to a child.
“The concerns are mostly postural abnormalities,” Janet Crawford, a Physical Therapist at Minden Medical Center said. “Another one is nerve compression. If it’s so heavy it pushes down on your nerves it can lead to numbness, tingling and pain in the shoulder and back. It’s also not good to be compressing on growing bones.”
The American Physical Therapy Association says