On an average school day last year, Piper Bond carried six notebooks, two binders, several textbooks and a laptop computer around Gilman School in his black Jansport backpack. The pack weighed between 35 and 40 pounds – the equivalent of an 8-by-8-inch concrete block.
Some days, he also even carried a canvas tote bag for additional books.
“I liked having everything on me and not having to go to my locker,” the 17-year-old senior from Roland Park said. “That’s been my mindset since I’ve been in school.”
But too much weight, along with wearing a backpack incorrectly, can lead to poor posture, fatigue, muscle soreness and even lower back pain, experts said. According to the...