Back to School Posture Check

A recent study found that 90% of school children display poor posture whilst carrying their backpacks. It also found that 75% of children were not using the ergonomic features that their backpacks were equipped with.

Children can be carrying up to 20% of their body weight for many hours a day, which when combined with poor posture can lead to back pain, neck pain and even shoulder pain in both the short and long term. Adult back pain and spinal disorders may stem from childhood activities including carrying a heavily loaded backpack for twelve years or more of schooling.


Poor backpack posture can arise from;

  • Incorrect sized backpack
  • Overloading backpack
  • Carrying in one hand
  • Using one shoulder strap

Tips for carrying backpacks;

  • You should ensure that your child is carrying a well fitted backpack that sits closely to the spine.
  • The top of the backpack should be level with the shoulders.
  • Your child’s backpack should be the correct size for his or her frame and updated if it is too small. 
  • Don’t use over-sized backpacks, and never overload.
  • Also ensuring shoulder and chest straps are evenly adjusted to help distribute weight and optimize spinal posture.
  • Backpacks should not exceed 10% of your child’s total body weight
Good Posture
Poor Posture

For more information or a back pack assessment, call Synergy Healthcare on 9522 2125.