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Trading Backpacks For Rolling Luggage Fails in German Primary School Study

By |December 19, 2010|Backpacks, Books, Low Back Pain, News, Pediatrics|

Trading Backpacks For Rolling Luggage Fails in German Primary School Study

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It’s well understood that heavy backpacks are taking a heavy toll (excuse the pun!) on adolescent spines. [1] A recent standing magnetic resonance imaging study by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, at San Diego revealed that: “Increasing backpack loads significantly compressed lumbar disc heights measured in the midline sagittal plane” and that: “student subjects reported significant increases in back pain, associated with increasing backpack loads from 4, to 8, and finally to 12 kgs of carried weight”. (more…)