OT Corner: The Heavy Backpack Debate – Another Opinion
Editor’s Note: I found this article very interesting and contrary to AOTA’s official position, please note however, PediaStaff does not endorse or refute this opinion. We present it for it’s general interest.
[Source: ABC Therapeutics]
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, heavy backpacks can cause serious injury to children. The AOTA claims that heavy loads carried by 79 million students across the United States “can cause low back pain that often lasts through adulthood.” The AOTA also claims that according to 2013 statistics from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission nearly 22,200 strains, sprains, dislocations, and fractures from backpacks were treated in hospital
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