Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain

Shoulders, neck and back most affected, but group says smart loading could cut stress
Posted September 12, 2008

FRIDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) — About 85 percent of American university students report backpack-related pain and discomfort, says a Boston University study.

Discomfort was most common in the shoulders, lower back, upper middle back and neck.

The findings may point to an emerging trend between pain and discomfort and time spent carrying backpacks, suggested study co-author Dr. Karen Jacobs, a former president of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a board-certified professional ergonomist. More…