Backpack Safety

Back to School: Backpack Safety

Originally published on August 20, 2015

Heading back to school doesn’t mean back to pain, strain or injury because there are easy alternatives to keep kids safe and healthy!

Did you know?

Warning Signs

Any of the following may be an indicator that it’s time to lighten the load:

Physical Therapists Recommend:

Back Saving Alternatives

Following backpack safety can promote healthy alternatives to save your child from unnecessary pain, strain and future injury! If pain persists, see what a physical therapy can do to help!

Written by Valerie Watase, PT  Owner and Director of Lafayette Physical Therapy
Arranged and Edited by Julia Slater Community Outreach Coordinator


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This article is intended as general health information and is not intended to provide individual specific medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or any other individual. Please consult your doctor or a medical professional before starting or changing a fitness or nutrition program.

Valerie Watase, PT

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