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Don’t let your child develop an injury for life

 

Prevention is better than Cure

 

Cutting a schoolbook or any book can be a difficult thing to do. It is counter intuitive and goes against everything that we have always been told about how to treat books. Here’s why BookSplits is different -

  • It does not damage your book – it just allows you to have the book in two separate parts.
  • It’s a schoolbook – with a limited lifespan anyway. (The schoolbook will probably end up in landfill or recycling).
  • Your child has one back – damage it now and they may suffer for the rest of their lives.
  • The pack contains a rebinding strip that you can use to rebind both halves and reinstate as a single book, if you should wish to do so in the future.
  • Consent of the teacher is not required, (assuming they are your books!) as long as the student has both parts in class with them. Students then have the option to leave the part not required for homework, in the school locker each evening. When BookSplits becomes more widely used, teachers should be able to advise students, in advance, which part they can leave at home for a week, month, term or even for a whole year.

Health experts worldwide recommend that children should carry no more than 10% of their body weight. However, a huge number of our children are carrying 15-25% of their body weight in books every day – and this does not include sports bags, lunches or other essential items. This can lead to long-term damage to a child’s back – affecting them for life.

Health experts also warn that children risk long term and even permanent damage if they regularly carry more than 15% of their body weight over their shoulders. The Chiropractors Association of Ireland has registered an increase in the number of back-related complaints amongst young people in Ireland in recent years.

This table shows the absolute maximum weight that should be carried – i.e. 15% of a child’s weight.

Student’s Weight
Maximum Bag Weight
25kg (3.9st) 3kg (6.6lbs)
35kg (5.5st) 4.5kg (9.9lbs)
45kg (7.07st) 7kg (15.4lbs = 1st 1.4lbs)
55kg(8.6st) 8kg (17.6lbs = 1st 3.6lbs)
65kg(10.2st) 9kg (19.8lbs = 1st 5.8lbs)

One secondary schoolbook weighs on average 1kg. How many books are in your child’s bag? Weigh it today – you may be shocked!

An average 12/13 year old student weighs approx. 40-50kgs. This means that the recommended weight they should be carrying is 4-5kgs. That is approximately 4 or 5 books!!

If you are worried about the weight of your child’s schoolbag or your child doesn’t walk or cycle to school because of the weight of their bag or if your child complains about pains in their shoulders or back – BookSplits is the answer.

Adult back pain and spinal problems often stem from childhood activities, which include carrying a heavily loaded schoolbag for twelve plus years of schooling. Unless school bags allow for even weight distribution across the back and shoulders, they can cause pain.

Below are some tips for students and schoolbags. According to an international study, daily schoolbag carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children – as outlined below.

79.1% said they found schoolbags heavy
65.7% said they caused fatigue
46.1% said they caused back pain
Tips for Students and Schoolbags

Unfortunately schoolbags are not ideal for a child’s spinal health. They contribute to neck, shoulder pain and low back pain and conditions such as scoliosis. Here are some tips on correct schoolbag usage:

  • Ensure that the schoolbag does not exceed 10% of the child’s weight. More than that will require your child to compensate by bending forward to hold up the extra weight on his/her back.
  • Schoolbag should have wide, padded straps
  • Lift bag with both hands, knees bent, onto a table and then pack or unpack
  • Carry bag around both shoulders
  • A waist strap, if attached, will help distribute some weight
  • Unpack unnecessary items (water bottles, heavy files)
  • Heaviest items at the bottom and resting against the lower back
  • Choose functionality over fashion
  • Carry extra books in hands
  • Bag should not rest under the bum
sports and correct posture at school desks will also contribute to a healthier spine.

 

BookSplits™ is the smart, affordable and instant solution to the problem of heavy schoolbags… order your pack today!