Well­ness Arti­cles

Back­pack Safety Big Con­cern in Press

In a num­ber of dif­fer­ent arti­cles back­pack safety has become a big issue. One arti­cle from the Sep­tem­ber 1, 2006 Ancaster News from Ontario, Canada, reports that more than 7,000 peo­ple required a trip to the emer­gency room in 2001 due to backpack-​related injuries. These num­bers were reported by the U.S. Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Commission.

Sev­eral other inter­est­ing facts were noted. Among chil­dren age 12 to 18 it was stated that 75 per­cent suf­fer from some form of back pain with back­pack weight being a large con­trib­u­tor to this sta­tis­tic. Accord­ing to an Ital­ian study, one-​third of school chil­dren reg­u­larly car­ried more than 30 per cent of their body weight in their backpack.

In The Sun­day Times from Ire­land was a sim­i­lar arti­cle on Sep­tem­ber 03, 2006 that also cov­ered this issue. In this arti­cle they noted that inter­na­tional guide­lines sug­gest that chil­dren should carry no more than 10 per­cent of their total body weight in their back­pack. Vir­ginia Can­til­lon of the Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion of Ire­land warned, “We see more kids with prob­lems and a lot is attrib­ut­able to the weights they are car­ry­ing. They are hav­ing neck prob­lems, mid– and lower-​back pain. They are can­di­dates for back pain down the road.”

Sin­gle shoul­der bags may not be a solu­tion, and may even make mat­ters worse, accord­ing to a Sep­tem­ber 5, 2006 arti­cle from Mon­tréal, Que­bec, Canada in the “CBC News”. The arti­cle notes that these new sin­gle shoul­der bags are fash­ion­able, but are a bad idea accord­ing to the British Colum­bia Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion. Dr. Don Nix­dorf, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the B.C. Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion, warns those who use these new bags, “You’ll start to have some pain around the neck, which can also lead to headache, and move­ment is going to be mechan­i­cally impaired.”

Another arti­cle appear­ing in the Sep­tem­ber 2, 2006 Ottawa Sun, also notes that “Over­loaded packs can lead to dam­aged backs.” In this arti­cle Dr. Dean Wright, pres­i­dent of the Ontario Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion (OCA) states, “Car­ry­ing a poorly designed or over­loaded back­pack can place exces­sive weight on a child’s grow­ing spinal col­umn.” He con­tin­ued, “This kind of daily stress and strain can lead to seri­ous back pain, changes in pos­ture and gait, and poten­tial irri­ta­tion and injury of the spine, joints and muscles.”

Ran­dom Article

In two related arti­cles the theme of doc­tors lying is the top issue. On the front page of the Octo­ber 25th 1999 issue

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