When we think about ergonomics, many of us think about chairs and tables. We don’t necessarily think about backpacks, but these make a huge difference in the ergonomics of a child. The backpack can easily influence the child’s posture and back more than anything else. Here are some important suggestions for your child’s backpack:
The straps on the pack should be wide and padded.
Add a waist belt to the backpack if your child tends to carry a lot of weight.
Make sure both straps are actually worn because this will distribute the weight.
If you have a backpack that has a number of compartments, this can better distribute the weight. Put the heavier items closer to the back and make sure that any pointy or bulky items aren’t resting against the back.
The backpack should hang below the shoulders and rest on the hips and pelvis.
Try to encourage your child to leave some things at home or at school. There is no reason to carry everything that you own in your backpack.
Encourage the school to give your children two sets up textbooks so that one can be left at school and one can be used at home. This will keep them from carrying very heavy items back and forth.
Today, children sit in their school chairs for hours and hours each day. This should be cause for concern for parents and teachers, as children aren’t necessarily learning how to sit correctly. And this can have an impact on their bodies and their health.
Slouching in your chair at school is very bad for your back. It distorts your spine into a “C” shape that can be unhealthy for you and your back. This puts pressure on your intervertebral discs and this can contribute to back pain and to discomfort.
What’s the way to sit better? First, we need to teach students to sit back in their chairs. Their backs should make full contact with the backrest. This supports your spine and helps children to receive the full benefits of the work chair. It’s important, as well, to have the right type of chair to help with ergonomics.
Many people don’t think about ergonomics when they consider their school furniture choices. They just buy the furniture that will fit in the classroom and that might be the least expensive. Thinking about ergonomics, however, is very important. The school chairs that student use can make a big difference in their comfort level and their ability to focus. The school desks, as well, allow the kids to be organized and ready for their day – or to feel cramped and uncomfortable.
It’s certainly worthwhile, if a school is starting out with new furniture, to have these ideas in mind and to think about these considerations. The ergonomics in the school environment are very important and can make quite a difference in the learning environment.