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Heavy bookbags hurt students, physical therapists urge safety

School has started or is starting soon and physical therapists are trying to make sure kids don't hurt themselves by having too much in their backpacks. Studies show a student's bookbag should be no more than 15 percent of their body weight. Heavy backpacks can cause neck tension, back problems, and even nerve damage. Also, therapists warn that wearing a backpack the wrong way could lead to permanent posture problems. Physical therapist Marcia Scullion said, "Your grandma used to say if you make a face like this it's going to stick. This is basically the same thing… Your body will make adaptive changes according to your posture." Scullion says the proper way to wear a backpack is with the straps tightly secured with the majority of the weight in the center of the back. The bookbag should not hang down past the lumbar region of the spine.

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My bookbag weighs 28 pounds

My bookbag weighs 28 pounds right now... & that's without all my books in it. Actually, all my books won't even fit in my bookbag despite the fact that it's a pretty decent-sized LL Bean. I myself am a 135 pound female, so I say that 15% thing sounds pretty nice. But, I have no locker and a large campus... there's not much I can do to lighten my load, although my back is hurting so much right now I can't even sleep, and I struggle to heave my bookbag off the ground and put it on a desk so I can strap it on.

I think that you should

I think that you should inform your princial that you have to many books and you dont have a locker that you can put it in. An that it is to much for your back that you can't sleep at night and thats not good for you cause you need your sleep. thats makes you to tired to pay attention in class.