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Practical Information about BookSplits

WHAT IS BOOKSPLITS?

BookSplits™ is a simple and practical DIY solution to the problem of heavy schoolbooks. The BookSplits™ concept is to split each schoolbook in half, thereby giving the student the option to only carry the half of the book that is required each day, whilst leaving the other half at home or in the school locker.

The specially designed BookSplits™ rigid plastic covers are used to rebind, protect and cover each half of the book separately. They are transparent and self adhesive and when applied directly to the front and back of a book form a new rigid protective cover that is more durable and stronger than the original cover.

This procedure does not damage the book – the book is fully intact, just in two separate halves. The pack also includes a rebinding strip, to rebind both halves of the book and reinstate as a single book in the future, if required.

By carrying out this simple process, it is possible to halve the weight of a student’s schoolbooks, instantly. Although cutting books in half is counter intuitive, it is worth remembering that schoolbooks have a limited lifespan anyway and it makes sense if it reduces the risk of back and neck health problems in later life.

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WHY USE BOOKSPLITS?

Splitting a schoolbook or any book in half can be a daunting task. It is counter intuitive. Here’s why using BookSplits™ is a good idea -

  • Your child’s back health is at risk if they regularly carry more than 10% of their body weight – damage it now and they may suffer for the rest of their lives.
  • Using BookSplits™ does not damage your book - it just gives the option to carry the book in two separate parts.
  • It is a schoolbook – with a limited lifespan anyway. (The schoolbook will probably end up in landfill or recycling).
  • 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.
Recommended Weight to Carry

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. In recent years, The Chiropractors Association of Ireland has registered an increase in the number of back-related complaints among young people in Ireland.

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 an average of 1kg. How many books are in your child’s bag? Weigh it today – you might 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!!           

BookSplits is the solution if…….
…..You are concerned about the weight of your child’s schoolbag
…..Your child does not walk or cycle to school because of the weight of their bag
…..Your child complains about pains in their shoulders or back     

 

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.

Back problems are the second most common cause for GP visits, second to the common cold. Back and neck pain is one of the most common causes for absences from work. Up to 80% of people will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives – The Chiropractors Association of Ireland.

Scoliosis testing is currently being carried out for First Year Students in secondary schools throughout Ireland. Scoliosis is being detected in two students out of every one hundred students tested. Although heavy schoolbags cannot cause Scoliosis it is listed as a contributory factor. (May 2014)

Tips for Students and Schoolbags

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
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 should be placed to rest nearest the back
  • Place heavy items at the bottom 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!

 

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