There’s a right way and a wrong way to carry a backpack, Claxton-Hepburn Rehab says
Monday, September 1, 2014 - 5:17 pm

OGDENSBURG -- With students soon returning to school, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center rehab services department director Cinci Weaver is reminding people that there is a right and wrong way to wear a backpack.

“Getting the right backpack is very important,” Weaver said. “When empty, the backpack should not be wider than your chest. Wider, padded shoulder straps are more comfortable. Use the separate compartments to distribute the load.”

She says one should not carry more than 15 percent of their body weight in their backpack.

"If the pack causes you to bend forward to carry it, then it is too heavy," according to Weaver. "Place the heaviest objects or books closest to your back in your back pack."

She says the pack should be worn on both shoulders in the middle of the back. If it's too low, it can cause strain.