month of April has been designated as National Backpack Safety Month by the
Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, (COCSA). This organization is
an association of other US state chiropractic organizations. This month-long
event is designed to help educate parents, children and school officials
about the potential dangers of heavy backpacks used by children and the
solutions to this problem. This is the second year for this event.
However, this year a large corporate sponsor has joined in. Office Depot
will be promoting the program directly to school officials across the
country. Office Depot, Inc. is one of the world's largest sellers of
stationary supplies to schools.
Dr. Jerry DeGrado, Vice President of COCSA, and Chairperson
of the National Backpack Safety Committee, commented on this years events by
saying, "This program is going to explode with Office Depot’s support. They
give us the all-important ‘foot-in-the-door’ that is so often the most
difficult first step with this kind of program. With Office Depot
introducing the program to schools and the continued involvement of doctors
of chiropractic across the country, the National Backpack Safety Program
promises to be bigger than ever in 2003."
In a February 22, 2003 release, COCSA President, Dr. Kevin
Donovan, also added, “Recent research reports that a majority of today’s
students are carrying more than the recommended weight levels and sustaining
significant injury that may last a lifetime. It is imperative that doctors
of chiropractic become involved with this growing epidemic. I am very
excited that the chiropractic community has taken a leadership position and
created national focus on the issue of backpack injury."
On their website, COCSA offers two links of importance on
this subject. The first is a
About Backpack Injury, and the second is
Ways to Prevent Backpack Injury. Both these are available for free
download in Adobe pdf format.