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Backpacks come in all sizes, colors, fabrics, and shapes, and they help kids of all ages express their own personal sense of style. And when used properly, they're incredibly handy.

Many backpacks feature multiple compartments that help students stay organized while they tote their books and papers from home to school and back again. Compared with shoulder bags, messenger bags, or purses, backpacks are better because the strongest muscles in the body - the back and the abdominal muscles - support the weight of the packs.

When worn correctly, the weight in a backpack is evenly distributed across the body, and shoulder and neck injuries are less common than if someone carried a briefcase or purse.

As practical as backpacks are, though, they can strain muscles and joints and may cause back pain if they're too heavy or are used incorrectly. Here's how to help kids find the right backpack.

Educate Your Children!

Step 1: Choose Right - Choosing the right size backpack is the most important step to safe backpack use.

Step 2: Pack Right - The maximum weight of the loaded backpack should not exceed 15 % of your body weight, so pack only what is needed.

Step 3: Lift Right - Face the Pack - Bend at the knees and use both hands and check the weight of the pack. Lift with the legs and apply one shoulder strap and then the other.

Step 4: Wear Right - Use both shoulder straps - snug, but not too tight.

Please remember...

Although packs on wheels (which look like small, overhead luggage bags) may be good options for students who have to lug around really heavy loads, they're extremely difficult to pull up stairs and to roll through snow. Check with the school before buying a rolling pack; many schools don't allow them because they can pose a tripping hazard in the hallways.