Backpack Safety Starting to Pay Off

A report in a September 7, 2004 release from "Business Wire" states that the efforts to educate the public about backpack safety have begun to show positive results. For several years the chiropractic profession, through the major associations as well as independent organizations, has been on a mission to educate the public about the dangers of improper backpack usage in young spines.

According to the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission, the number of emergency room visits related to backpack injuries is down from 7,860 to 7,649 over a one year period. Prior to this reduction, for the previous six years, reports of such emergency room visits were up each year, having increased 360 percent since 1996.

Dr. Marvin Arnsdorff of Chiropractic USA and co-founder of Backpack Safety America / International thinks that this is good news and bad news. He states, "For the first time since these numbers have been reported, we see that parents, teachers, students and health care professionals are becoming aware of the issue and taking steps to address it." He continued, "The bad news is that the numbers are still needlessly high and the pain and suffering caused by overloaded and improperly worn backpacks is easily preventable."

"Students, parents and educators should understand the risks involved in using backpacks," says Dr. Arnsdorff. "We're committed to the health and safety of these children, so we help raise awareness through our work with schools and the community."

Dr. Arnsdorff, along with thousands of Chiropractors and other health professions have joined together to promote backpack health and safety and have issued the following safety tips from Backpack Safety America / International:

For more information on backpack safety and how you can bring a program to your school or school district, visit or contact Backpack Safety America / International at 1 800 672-4277 or send an e-mail message to [email protected] .