The Arka Tech

Backpack Awareness

For National Backpack Awareness Day, the Health and Wellness Center hosted the student-led table that highlighted the weight limit students should follow and how to determine the best strap size and style for individual body types.

Kenzie Nash, a rehab science major from Sherwood, and Isaac Gauvey, an agriculture business major from Rose Bud, were the students behind the presentation on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The trifold board set up held printouts, photos, graphs and charts, as well as statistics on improper backpack usage. Students from elementary school to college suffer from backpack related injuries, such as chronic neck and back pain, poor posture and joint pain.

“Everybody has so much going on and the last thing you want to worry about is, like, back pain,” said Nash. “You have to start good habits now.”

A student’s backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent of their body weight.

Strap shape, width and material can also play a part in injuries. Too wide or too narrow of a strap can dig in, chafe or put too much pressure on one spot on a student’s shoulder.

For more information, students can contact the Health and Wellness Center at (479) 968-0329 or go speak to someone in Doc Bryan, Suite 119.