Does your backpack make you feel like you are carrying a bag full of rocks and boulders? It is common for high schoolers to be carrying a backpack full of books, folders, pens, pencils, planners, computers and with all things high schoolers do store in their backpacks, do you ever wonder how much weight you are actually carrying on your back?

Most students do not realize the weight they are carrying on their back, and for students at Lebanon High School, walking up and down the stairs could lead to back issues and other possible injuries.

Between the textbooks, the folders and the computer, it is common for students to be carrying up to 25% of their own body weight, but the American Chiropractic Association recommends that your backpack should weigh no more than 5% or 10% of your body weight.

Too heavy of a backpack can lead to back pain, shoulder pain or poor posture. Back pain is not surprising among teens and young children and too heavy of backpacks can be this very reason.

In fact, heavy backpacks are becoming a bigger issue that some states are passing legislation that would force school districts in reducing the overall weight of student’s backpacks.

Although choosing the right backpack seems silly, it is very important if you are storing a lot of supplies in it. Make sure the backpack you select has padded shoulder straps and many individualized compartments.

According to, a backpack should never hang more than four inches below the waistline. A backpack that hangs too low increases the weight on the shoulders, causing you to lean forward when walking.