Backpack Safety and Recommended Weight Limits

Carrying too much weight in a backpack can cause headaches, back pain, numbness and tingling in the arms and long term neck pain. The following recommendations for backpack weight limits have been made by the American Chiropractic Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Physical Therapy Association.


Weight of the Child = Recommended Backpack Weight Limits

60lb = 5lb max

60-75lbs= 10lbs

75-100lbs= 15lbs

100-125lbs= 18lbs

125-150lbs= 20lbs

150-200lbs= 25lbs


Other Tips in Avoiding Injury:

1. Wear straps over both shoulders to distribute weight of pack evenly.
2. Buy a comfortable and reasonable size backpack for your child's size/frame
3. Limit the weight contained in the pack to the above recommendations and avoid packing unnecessary items.
4. Carry the pack high to avoid it sitting directly behind the lower back and pelvis.
5. Demonstrated to the child how to lift the backpack with leg and avoid bending straight over with locked knees.
6. Put the heaviest items closest to the child's back.
7. Chose a backpack with padded straps.
8. Avoid placing the backpack in areas when tripping can occur.