Back care for the young 'is essential'

13 October 2011

UK physiotherapists may emphasise with the need to take care of the back, but new advice suggests that back care should be enforced from an early age.

Schoolchildren are carrying too much weight in their schoolbags and as a result are risking damage to their backs, according to national charity BackCare.

The organisation advises that schoolchildren should carry around 15 per cent of their body weight as a maximum guide and they should spread the weight across both shoulders for equal distribution.

Sean McDougall, chief executive of BackCare, said: "[People should] try reducing the weight that you carry and when you do carry it, you should carry it close to your back and across both shoulders."

He added that it applies to children and adults, although the weight load is hopefully slightly less for a child than for an adult.

Schoolchildren and their teachers are the focus of this year's BackCare Awareness Week, starting on October 17th to 23rd.

By Philip Briggs

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