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Backpack Awareness Day - featured August 21, 2009

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School is starting up again! Please watch out that your kiddos backpacks are not too heavy. Each year over 5,000 school children go to emergency rooms because of injuries related to over-weighted backpacks and in a recent study 60% of school ...age children reported chronic back pain related to heavy backpacks. Occupational therapists recommend that a student's backpack weighs no more than 15% of their body weight.

Each year, National School Backpack Awareness Day takes place on the third Wednesday of September. Backpack Day is a great opportunity to showcase occupational therapy services in your community. In the past, AOTA has encouraged members to host backpack weighing events at local schools.

Learn More About Hosting a Backpack Awareness Event at Your School or Clinic!

Tags: Newsletter August 2009 Tip or Resources of Week School Based OT OT