College students suffer backpack pain

September 12, 2008 2:09:43 PM PDT
Parents often worry about their children and heavy backpacks. Now, a new study finds college students are also carrying around quite a burden.In fact about 85 percent of American college students report backpack related pain and discomfort.

Discomfort was most common in the shoulder, lower back, upper middle back and neck.

Authors of the study with the American Occupational Therapy Association say the findings may point to an emerging trend between pain and discomfort and time spent carrying backpacks.

They add there is a pressing need to better educate students on how to prevent discomfort.