YUUworld commissioned research to discover:

  • What type of school bag children are carrying
  • How they are carrying their bags
  • If parents knew the UK is the only European country not to have guidelines for children's back health.
  • If they've ever had back pain
  • If parents are aware of how bags should be carried
  • If parents know that a backpack made from light-weight compressed foam which helps distribute the weight more evenly and is more suppotive for the back.

Research Background

  • Over 1200 people were surveyed online
  • A mix of parents and grandparents
  • Data taken from YUUworld customer base and independent sources
  • Survey ran for 3 weeks in April - May 2013
  • Average 83% female respondents
  • Area covered - mix from all over UK (e.g. 18% South East to 10% Scotland)

Our Findings

  • Nearly half were not aware of the recommendations for how a child should carry a bag to reduce the risk of back strain and spinal damage.
  • Over two thirds were not aware that for a backpack or rucksack to be ergonomics (supportive of a child's spine) experts recommend that it should be constructed from a light-weight shell
  • Over 85% of respondents were not aware that the UK is one of the only European countries NOT to have guidelines/regulations about what a child can carry on his/her back.
  • Almost a quarter of respondents said that yes on occasion their child had suffered from or complained of a 'bad back'.
  • Over a quarter of the respondents said their child carried a messenger bag or satchel worn over one shoulder NOT a backpack over both shoulders.
  • 20% carried their bag over one shoulder with a third carrying over both shoulders but slung low - both equally bad for backs!
  • Two thirds (over 60%) have bags made of soft fabric - childrens' bags should be ergonomic backpacks made with light-weight compressed foam.

We also asked respondents to make comments - here's a selection:

  • "We should make parents / grandparents more aware of the weight & how to wear a child's rucksack"
  • "My daughter carries a very heavy bag to school. It is so heavy even I struggle to carry it and she carries it for 7 hrs a day. Something should be done about this"
  • "As a back pain sufferer myself I am so thrilled that children's back care is being taken seriously"
  • "My main concern is the amount of books that schools expect your children to carry"
  • "Maybe schools should be made aware of back problems in children and offer discounted appropriate bags. My daughter is in year 6 and revising for SATS and her bag is extremely heavy for her size"
  • "Really appreciate the information provided in your survey and will be looking into finding a better way for my son to carry his backpack."
  • Contact us for more information on our research.

    The research above underlines how important it is that we all start Backing Better Backs

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How to Wear a Bag



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Osteopaths,Chiropractors and Physios

The Philosophy and treatment methods

Osteopaths,Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are all trained to assess and treat most musculoskeletal complaints and share a common philosophy about the importance of the integrity of the spine in ensuring good health. In fact, this philosophy is shared by almost all traditional healing arts as well as martial arts, including yoga, taiqi (tai chi), aikido and many others. It is also found in many treatment modalities in modern complementary and alternative medicine, including Structural Integration or Rolfing®, and Alexander Technique.

The primary treatment objective of osteopathy, chiropractic and physio is to remove bodily aches and pain. Osteopaths often seek also to treat functional disorders such as disorders of the respiratory or digestive systems. Chiropractors concern themselves soley with aches and pains but there are some that practice as "therapeutic chiropractors” who do consider that the treatment can help other ailments. Physios generally work more with the soft tissue (muscles tendons and ligaments) affecting joint mobility. Chiropractors specialise in the mobilisation of all joints, particularly the spine 9including neck and hips) using a technique known as adjusting/manipulating.

YUUbag ergonomic aspects: