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Students’ backpack dilemma

The sight of children heading back to school after a long summer holiday break is perhaps one of the profound signals of a changing season and a journey into a new year.
It is as if society suddenly awakens from hibernation and breaks camp in search of opportunity. In the mornings there are people heading in all directions, complete with bicycles, uniforms, chatter, noise, traffic and….bags!
There are schoolbags-backpacks everywhere and it is these bags that have organisations such as the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia concerned about their impact on juvenile bodies.
The adoption and embracing of electronic technology in education is one of the marvellous new aspects of the modern world. Information through portable and individualised computers has never been more accessible to children.
But books are still with us, for the moment at least. So too is physical education gear, lunch boxes, water bottles and every other conceivable project children might be working on between home and the classroom.
Hands up any parents who have experienced shock or worry at the moment they have picked up the backpack their offspring have been lugging to school each day. How heavy they can be is quite alarming.
The chiropractors association has called on Australian educators to ‘rethink the load they are placing on students’ backs – literally’.
CAA national spokesman Dr Patrick Sim: “There is evidence pointing to the fact that heavily laden school bags place unnecessary stress on growing spines and can lead to acute and long-term back problems.

  • Get the full story in the February 16, 2012 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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