It may seem as if summer vacation just began for many people, but before you know it school will be starting again. If you’re going to be going back to school soon, chances are you’ll have a great deal of books to carry, especially if you’re in high school or college. By not choosing the proper backpack, though, you can really damage your back. A recent study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association found that more than fifty percent of children and teens are carrying backpacks that are too heavy, which can cause back strains that may require medical attention in the future. In order to reduce the strain and possible injury to the back and shoulder regions, children should carry backpacks that weigh 15% or less of their body weight, according to Dr. Leonel Hunt, director of spinal trauma at Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders and Orthopedic Center. Fortunately there are many appropriate backpacks available, and you can choose the one that’s right for you according to your budget and the style that you desire.
Transformers Rolling Backpack
Perfect for the younger student, this backpack takes all the strain off the back and shoulders with its handy rollers. With a 3-D photo of the popular Transformers character Optimus Prime, the backpack comes with a retractable handle, and is large enough to accommodate many books and other items. You can purchase this backpack from amazon.com for $33.99 and it’s eligible for free super saver shipping.
Backpack With Side Compartment
This backpack, which can be purchased at Walmart.com for $29.00, is especially handy for those who also need space to carry a laptop as it as a convenient compartment made just for laptops. It also has wheels, eliminating the need to carry a heavy bunch of books on your back. You have the choice of several colors, including grey, orange, and neon green.
Eastport Basic Backpack
This economically-priced backpack is only $15.00 at Walmart.com yet has received high reviews. Also with rollers so you don’t have to carry too-heavy books, this backpack comes with a detachable cell phone compartment as well as other compartments for your convenience. You can carry a lot more than just books and a cell phone in this backpack, as it has ample room for just about anything else that you may need to carry to school on a regular basis. And if you don’t want to wait to have it shipped, this particular backpack is also available in stores.
Kids’ J World
Another choice for younger students, this rolling backpack is another wonderful way to prevent any future back trouble due to carrying heavy books. Girls and young women will adore the lovely pink and gray color of this backpack, but it does come in other colors in case another color is desired. You can purchase this large and stylish backpack from target.com for $39.99.
Jan’s Driver Wheeled Daypack
If you’re looking for a really durable backpack that can be used for more than just for school, this one is for you. For $84.99 from Dunham.com, this backpack comes with straps containing extra padding, as it can be carried, but it also has a 3-stage wheel system and a sturdy handle in case you choose not to carry it. With an abundance of room and mega compartments, you won’t go wrong by purchasing this backpack.