Back training. Tips for everyday life at school.

Packing the schoolbag:
Basically, you only take to school what is really necessary.
Leave all unnecessary schoolbooks and items in school
Balance the load – place heavy items such as books close to the body
in order to ensure ideal load distribution for the best fit.

Adjusting the shoulder straps:
The upper part of the schoolbag should be at shoulder level (image 1).
To achieve this, the shoulder straps of the Scouts can be adjusted.
(General guide: S for kids up to approx. 110 cm, M up to 123 cm, L
up to 136 cm and XL from 150 cm onwards.) Straps that are too
long result in strain on the lower spine (image 2). Straps
that are too tight lead to hollow-back posture (image 3).

 Wearing the schoolbag:
Every Scout schoolbag has a well-padded back for extra comfort
Carrying the schoolbag in one hand can cause one-sided strain
of the child’s spine (image 4).

 

What about the reverse of the schoolbag?

Children starting school come in all shapes and sizes and they also develop differently.
Parents may well ask themselves: can one schoolbag fit them all?

In 2010, „Human Solution“, a company from Kaiserslautern in Germany specialised in
bodyscanning  etc., took measurements and back profiles from children aged 6 – 10 years.

The study shows:

  • Boys and girls show a very different posture and back profile.
  • Some typical features are: hollow-back posture, strong forward or backward bend of the upper body, protruding belly or protruding bottom
  • Children who have just started school can vary 7 – 9 cm in torso length.
  • So there is no “standardised” back profile.

Human Solutions is of the opinion that it is not recommended to use schoolbags featuring an extremely pronounced back profile. In order to guarantee your child always feels comfortable when wearing a schoolbag, the gently shaped back panel on all Scout schoolbags provides maximum orthopaedic support, while the air-flow channels and shaped padded shoulder straps provide maximum comfort. These features apply irrespective of the age or posture profile of your child.

What about the weight of a schoolbag? 

In the past, guidelines determined that the total weight of a backpack
should not be morethan 10-12% of the body weight. These guidelines,
however, have no scientific support and originated from a
recommendation for soldier field packs for a 20 km trekking distance.

More recently, comprehensive studies were conducted by the German
University of Saarland. The results of the study Kid Check Studie 2008 and
Schulranzenstudie 2009 show that a schoolbag can easily weigh more
than 10–12% of the body weight.

 

Some basic information on a fully packed schoolbag:

  • The schoolbag should never be heavier than necessary.
  • There is no overall specific maximum weight that applies to all children. Experts, however, consider a weight of 17-20% of the body weight harmless for a healthy child’s spine.
  • If it is only used sporadically or during a short period of time, a schoolbag may also be a bit heavier.
  • Factors such as strength, fitness and general health determine the individual maximum weight for a child.

All Scout schoolbags have a very low empty weight. They are very comfortable to wear thanks to S-shaped shoulder straps with breathable mesh lining in an ideal width and an ergonomic well-padded back support. The straps have a buckle for easy adjustment of the schoolbag in order to evenly shift the load on the back. Chest and hip belt also help to keep the schoolbag close to the body. In addition, the models Alpha and Sunny dispose of a vertically adjustable back strap system with integrated chest belt to shift the weight from the back to the pelvis