Backpack weigh-in offered Sept. 29 in Sandwich

Spaulding to offer weigh-in and safety guidelines for families
Is your child's backpack too heavy? Find out at a free backpack weigh-in on Sept. 29 in Sandwich.

Whether you've hefted your own child's bag or watched kids struggle at the bus stop with theirs, the burden of the backpack is obvious.  Are kids carrying too much, or not carrying them the right way?

On Monday, September 29 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod will host a free backpack clinic for families at their Spaulding Eileen M. Ward Outpatient Center for Children at Heritage Park Plaza, 280D Route 130 in Forestdale.

Families are encouraged to bring their kids and their kids' backpacks to the free clinic. There will be weigh-ins, free safety tips, refreshments and a chance to win a new backpack.

In 2012, according to the American Occupational Therapy Association, almost 22,000 injuries related to overladen backpacks were treated in emergency rooms, clinics and doctor's offices across the country. "Many parents are not aware of the appropriate load for their child," said Spaulding's Pediatric Program Manager Tara Souve, PT. "Backpacks should never weigh more than 10% of the student's total body weight."

Carrying too much weigh, or carrying the backpack inappropriately can lead to muscle fatigue, bad posture and injury that can last until later life, according to Spaulding.

Children should bring their backpack for proper assessment. All participants will receive a tip sheet from Spaulding.

Children ages birth to 15 are treated at the pediatric center in Forestdale for a variety of injuries, disabilities and illnesses. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on