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HCDE Back-to-School Tips: Pack Smart

Every year, heavy and incorrectly worn backpacks cause children physical pain and strain. An article from the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission says that from 2016-2018, an estimated 7,400 children less than 19 years old were treated in emergency rooms for backpack-related injuries annually. As students head back to school this week, physical and occupational therapists at Harris County Department of Education offer tips for backpack safety.

Pack smart.

Here are five tips you can practice to help prevent backpack strain with your child:

“Make sure your child’s backpack is adjusted and worn correctly and only necessary items are inside to prevent back strain and long-term effects on posture and the developing spine,” said Carie Crabb, senior director of HCDE School-Based Therapy Services.

HCDE’s therapy specialists work with students in school districts and charter schools throughout greater Harris County. Specialists include physical therapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, and music therapists.

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