School bags ‘causing back pain’

Rucksacks loaded with school books have been linked to higher levels of back pain in a study of Spanish school children.

The findings, reported in Archives of Disease in Childhood, said many pupils had excessively loaded backpacks.

This was linked to higher levels of back pain in the 1,403 school children taking part in the study.

The research took place at Hospital da Costa in Burela and University Hospital Son Dureta in Palma.

The report’s authors said school children should not carry anything which weighs more than 10% of their body weight — via

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