BU Sargent College Ergonomic Expert asks Students ‘What’s in your Backpack?’

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September 11th, 2012

Backpack ErgonomicsOn Wednesday, September 19,  Dr. Karen Jacobs, a Boston University Sargent College occupational therapy professor and former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) will be celebrating National School Backpack Awareness Day™ to raise awareness of the health risks associated with carrying an overloaded backpack.

Dr. Jacobs and her graduate students will weigh the backpacks of elementary school students and offer guidance on the best way to wear a backpack.  The weigh-ins will be at Jackson Mann School in Brighton, MA from 9:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at St. Mary of the Assumption Rectory School in Brookline, MA at 1:15 p.m.

The weight of a child’s backpack should not exceed more than 10 percent of their body weight. Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to an aching back, weakened muscles, and poor posture. Dr. Jacobs advises minimizing long-term health problems by loading the heaviest items closest to the child’s back and arranging books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. Watch this video for more helpful tips from Dr. Jacobs.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rotondo; 617-353-7476 or rotondos@bu.edu.

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