Thursday, August 02, 2012
Most children and teenagers carry their schoolbooks and other supplies in backpacks during the school year. “When used correctly, backpacks are the most efficient way to carry a load and distribute the weight among some of the body’s strongest muscles,” says Eric Wall, MD, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.
“However, parents need to carefully select a backpack to ensure that they are comfortable and do not cause injury,” he says.
Doctors in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center recommend these simple guidelines to prevent any unnecessary injuries throughout the school year:
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation in U.S.News and World Report’s 2012 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for neonatology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org