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Heavy books and a poorly fitting backpack can cause muscle injuries and joint problems. Be sure to choose a backpack for your child that is lightweight when empty. Look for backpacks that have these features: two wide, padded shoulder straps that don’t dig into shoulders a padded back a waist strap a chest strap More: Backpack Safety: Help Balance the Load

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Heavy books and a poorly fitting backpack can cause muscle injuries and joint problems. Be sure to choose a backpack for your child that is lightweight when empty. Look for backpacks that have these features:

  • two wide, padded shoulder straps that don’t dig into shoulders
  • a padded back
  • a waist strap
  • a chest strap

More: Backpack Safety: Help Balance the Load

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