Heavy School Bags And Backache Problems

Carrying heavy schoolbags is a topic of concern for children, parents, and educationists, worldwide. Heavy schoolbags carried by children lead to various kinds of health issues.

Parents and educationists are also concerned the way children carry their schoolbags. Not carrying the schoolbags properly also poses a threat to children’s’ health. For example, children who do not use both straps of their schoolbags put unequal pressure on their spine. Moreover, carrying the bag on only one side of the shoulder puts immense pressure on the shoulder. So, a researcher advocated, Children’s bones are soft up to the age of 18. The discs in the spine are stronger than the bones, so they deform if you keep on carrying weight on one side.

Students of all levels, carrying a schoolbag packed with textbooks, notebooks, library books, geometrical and mathematical instruments, snack boxes, lunch packs, and water bottles, complain of considerable pain and discomfort.

Health Risks Associated With Heavy Schoolbags

  • Muscle spasms
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Backaches
  • Back injuries
  • Uneven curvature of the spine
  • Fractures of the spine
  • Poor or deformed body posture


  • A schoolbag should never be more than 10 to 15 percent of a child’s bodyweight.
  • There should be lockers in schools. Instead of bringing the books back to home everyday, children can leave them in their lockers.
  • Parents should encourage their children to carry their schoolbags using both shoulders.

1 response to Heavy School Bags And Backache Problems

  1. This is an excellent post and highlights the growing concern for Children who carry heavy school bags to school. Children are not protected by Health & Safety law in the same way that adults are in their place of work. Parents who are concerned must address this issue with the school and make them aware of concerns. If your child does have back pain don’t ignore it